SharePoint 2007 User Import job fails when run by the scheduler - Bad Gateway error in the ULS

After some security patches had been installed on the front end servers in the farm the user import jobs (in Shared Services) did not start/run. Starting them manually from the Shared Services admin page worked.

Checking the sharepoint logs (ULS) on both servers i found the following error : "Job for import of distribution lists failed. Reason: Cannot get the crawler status --> System.Net.WebException: The remote server returned an error: (502) Bad Gateway ..." So, there is a problem with the communication between the front end server, the crawler server, and the proxy inbetween.

After some "googling" I found a solution that solved my problem on Vince's SharePoint Blog.

What I did was:
  • Log on to the front end server with the same credentials as the Window SharePoint Service Timer Job
  • Open Internet Explorer (IE)
  • Go to internet Options Connections LAN settings
  • Check the box "Bypass proxy server for local addresses"
  • Close IE
  • Restart the Window SharePoint Services Timer job (sptimer3).

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