Errors were encountered during the configuration of the Search Service Application

Issue:
Errors were encountered during the configuration of the Search Service Application

Solution:
Server Role was set to “Application”, which means the SharePoint Search service was stopped.

Changed the role to “Application with Search” and then tried creating Search Service Application and it worked.

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Error occurred in deployment step Activate Features

If deploying WSP using Visual Studio, you’ll end up with the following error.

Error occurred in deployment step ‘Activate Features’: Feature with Id ‘8a442317-1158-4994-b265-26499b2def57’ is not installed in this farm, and cannot be added to this scope.

Solution:

Just manually created package and deploy

Courtesy:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/calvarro/archive/2011/11/06/sharepoint-2010-amp-visual-studio-2010-error-ocurred-activate-features-feature-with-id-installed-in-this-farm-cannot-be-added-to-this-scope.aspx