Googled this to death, cannot resolve. I cannot connect to my CYGWIN sshd from another machine. Netstat shows connection is established. Can connect locally, no problem.

[[email protected] ~]$  ssh [email protected]
ssh: connect to host mycomp port 22: Connection refused

On mycomp:

$ netstat -a | grep ssh

Successful login from the localhost:

$ ssh [email protected]
[email protected]'s password:
Last login: Tue Sep 14 14:27:30 2010 from
You are successfully logged in to this server!!!

I’m on XP sp3, updated CYGWIN today. Tried cleanup and reconfigure, didn’t help.

Cleanup (credit to Herb Maeder :

# Remove sshd service
cygrunsrv --stop sshd
cygrunsrv --remove sshd
# Delete any sshd or related users (such as cyg_server) from /etc/passwd
#   (use your favorite editor)
# Delete any sshd or relaged users (such as cyg_server) from the system
net user sshd /delete


$ ssh-host-config -y
*** Query: Overwrite existing /etc/ssh_config file? (yes/no) yes
*** Info: Creating default /etc/ssh_config file
*** Query: Overwrite existing /etc/sshd_config file? (yes/no) yes
*** Info: Creating default /etc/sshd_config file
*** Info: Privilege separation is set to yes by default since OpenSSH 3.3.
*** Info: However, this requires a non-privileged account called 'sshd'.
*** Info: For more info on privilege separation read /usr/share/doc/openssh/README.privsep.
*** Query: Should privilege separation be used? (yes/no) yes
*** Info: Note that creating a new user requires that the current account have
*** Info: Administrator privileges.  Should this script attempt to create a
*** Query: new local account 'sshd'? (yes/no) yes
*** Info: Updating /etc/sshd_config file
*** Query: Overwrite existing /etc/inetd.d/sshd-inetd file? (yes/no) yes
*** Info: Creating default /etc/inetd.d/sshd-inetd file
*** Info: Updated /etc/inetd.d/sshd-inetd

*** Warning: The following functions require administrator privileges!

*** Query: Do you want to install sshd as a service?
*** Query: (Say "no" if it is already installed as a service) (yes/no) yes
*** Query: Enter the value of CYGWIN for the daemon: []

*** Info: The sshd service has been installed under the LocalSystem
*** Info: account (also known as SYSTEM). To start the service now, call
*** Info: `net start sshd' or `cygrunsrv -S sshd'.  Otherwise, it
*** Info: will start automatically after the next reboot.

*** Info: Host configuration finished. Have fun!

[email protected] /cygdrive/c/Documents and Settings/myid
$ cygrunsrv -S sshd

[email protected] /cygdrive/c/Documents and Settings/myid
$ cygrunsrv -Q sshd
Service             : sshd
Display name        : CYGWIN sshd
Current State       : Running
Controls Accepted   : Stop
Command             : /usr/sbin/sshd -D

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