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Old 01-19-2008, 12:54 AM   #1
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Cannot connect to Suse server error connection timed out

Hi I cannot connect to a suse server with putty and a VM the error i get is network error connection timed out.I can connect to other WS from the server. please help i am sure its a small thing that i need to change but i am new at this ...thanks
Old 01-21-2008, 01:05 AM   #2
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Are you the administrator of this host?

On the host:
1. Make sure your internet connection works. Run /sbin/ifconfig to make sure you have a ip address and try and ping
2. Find out if ssh is running: ps -ef | grep ssh
3. Find out if iptables restricts incoming ssh connections: /sbin/iptables -L -v
4. Make sure you can ping the host from your windows host.
Old 01-21-2008, 09:35 AM   #3
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I was in a similar situation -- I could ssh out from the newly-installed SuSE 10.3 box, but could not ssh in from any other box -- I didn't try with putty, however. I checked and sshd was running, so I assumed it was the default settings for the firewall.

Here is what worked for me:

K Menu -> Computer -> Admin (Yast) -> (enter root password) -> Security and Users -> Firewall -> Allowed Services (left side list). Add "Secure Shell Server". Save, finish, etc.

Then everything was fine; I could connect with ssh from other boxes.

Best wishes ... cheers, makyo

Last edited by makyo; 01-21-2008 at 09:36 AM.
Old 12-17-2009, 11:24 AM   #4
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Makyo - many thanks for your post, your Yast solution also worked for me. I had not realized that Suse had a firewall which blocked ssh.


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