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I am getting this error when trying to connect to my Linode VPS using Putty:

Network error: Connection refused

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sounds like you may either be connecting to the wrong host or on the wrong port. Connection is usually refused if a machine is up, but your trying to access it on the wrong port or your being firewalled – madmaze Sep 21 '11 at 15:22
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Have you read through Linode's guide on connecting? http://library.linode.com/getting-started#sph_log-in-with-ssh-using-microsoft-windows

Failing that, have you tried the Lish console (which allows you to connect out-of-band when your Linode's networking is broken, so that you can go in and fix it)? http://library.linode.com/troubleshooting/using-lish-the-linode-shell

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I can login ok with Lish, but I cannot connect with Putty. The port used is good as I double checked sshd_config – drtanz Sep 21 '11 at 16:17
    
Did you ever resolve this one? Just curious... – Rob Cowell Sep 10 '12 at 8:40

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