That will NOT work! Even if it says so when you read about it… or does it? Quite unclear information on MS pages I would say. But after having installing, trying to make it work, uninstalling, and install again I finally got an answer to why it didn’t work:
So, do NOT install the advanced option of Search Server Express 2008 if you have a WSS 3 server farm. It will NOT work! So bad for me it had to take 2 days and nights to find that out… I thought that the issue with Search was that we are using Basic Authentication on our sites, since that is a problem as well. My work right now only consists of troubleshooting, errors, ugly sessionstate errors in web.config files etc. Read article on issues with using Basic Auth and Search here:
Now I will try to reinstall SSEX using Basic installation and not the Advanced….