Originally posted by Fruitbat
I can ping OK but as soon as I try something as fundamental as to telnet to the machine I get a "connection refused" error. Even if I try a local telnet, e.g. telnet localhost, I get this same error.
The reason is quite simple: telnet server is not installed by default. That's why you can't access telnet. 'Connection refused' simply means that the machine you're connecting to dosn't offer the service. You can try with ssh or Apache, if you have them installed. The command to run a service is
service servicename start
service sshd start
Then you should be able to connect the machine using ssh (Windows SSH client: Putty)
service httpd start
This should start Apache, so when you type your Linux machine's IP into a web browser, you should see Apache default page.