, I was forced to create a new Shared Services Provider. Everything seemed to work fine apart from the fact that I later noticed that the search scopes dropdown was just showing a single record, when it was previously showing 3 items (This Site, and the Shared Scopes "All Sites", and "All People"
Only one search scope is showing in the dropdown (ie "This Site:SITENAME"), or This Site: Home in the example.
This problem has been encountered by others as well:
Found out by comparing to our UAT environment (which did not have the Permanent Crawling issue), that the main difference was that the Display Group for my Search scopes was a name I made up called "Shared", and then moved them from the "Unused" display group to my new "Shared Group".
The trick is that the Search scopes will only show in the search dropdown if the Display group is named "Search Dropdown". Once this is updated, it will magically show up in the list.
On a side note, this is a very clunky and obscure/non-intuitive mechanism for the population of the search dropdown. I would much prefer that it be an explcit flag on the Display group of "Display In Search Dropdown". This would make it much clearer for everyone.