Fix :: Linux SSH error "connection refused"

Problem Statement


Can't connect to a Linux server(Debian Flavour) via SSH.

Error Message


Connection refused

Solution


There were unknown changes made in  /etc/ssh/ssh_configfile. To fix this issue, we had installed OpenSSH server following below mentioned steps:

  1. Logged into VPS through console and fired following commands:

    sudo apt-get purge openssh-server
    mv /etc/ssh /etc/ssh_old
    created new ssh directory in /etc
    sudo apt-get install openssh-server​
  2. Try ssh after performing above steps. If you get "WARNING: REMOTE HOST IDENTIFICATION HAS CHANGED", rename the known_hosts from .ssh/ in your local machine and try again.

  • 0 Users Found This Useful

Was this answer helpful?

Related Articles

What if I exceed the bandwidth limit I am assigned with VPS?

Our system continually monitors the bandwidth usage of all our VPS. In case if your total monthly...

How to sync time using NTP in CentOS and Ubuntu servers?

Linux server users might have noticed that after adjusting the system clock to the correct time,...

How to Install SHOUTCast Radio Server on Linux VPS?

This tutorial will assist you to install SHOUTcast Distributed Network Audio Server (DNAS 2.0) in...

How could I find which ports are opened on my hosted site?

If your website is hosted on a shared hosting, you will have to contact us to check whether a...

How to install ISPConfig on Ubuntu 18.04

This article will help you on how to install ISPConfig on Ubuntu 18.04. ISPConfig is an open...