401 Access Denied - Unable to Search SharePoint 2007 Sites or Access certain Web Apps in MOSS Farm

Just had an issue where MOSS SSP could not search local SharePoint sites.
When attempting to try and access the url of the sites or the SSP admin site from the local server I kept receiving logon prompts even though I was logging on with the farm account. Interestingly I could logon to the SSP and sites from other servers / client pc’s with no problems.
I initially thought someone had changed the content access (crawl) account so reset this but to no avail.
After some further investigation noticed in the security event log that I was receiving access denied.
Modifying the registry using method 2 from the article below fixed this issue:


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