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If you are getting this error: unexpected error occurred while communicating with administration service, while trying to setup some search index schema stuff (managed properties). Check your event log for the reason. SharePoint is REALLLY good at masking the true issue in my case it was this. Microsoft.SharePoint.Search.Extended.Administration.Common.AdminException: Refiner ‘xxxxxxx’ has Managed Property reference ‘xxxxxxx’ that is not queryable. Meaning I hadn’t checked the Queryable checkbox of the managed property before trying to click the refiner checkbox. Why there isn’t some validation? I don’t know. You shouldn’t be able to check a checkbox if there isn’t a prereq met, but whatever. Haters gonna hate.