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I am trying to set up a Ubuntu web server so far everything works but i ran into one problem. I installed OpenSSH to be able to connect from my windows PC via Putty to the server, but this only works when i first logon with one of the user on the server itself. So whenever i restart the server for some reason i have to run down to the basement to login so i can use ssh.

You can imagine this is not the way to go. So what am i'm doing wrong? Do i have to set somewhere that OpenSSH must run when the server starts? ...

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Is the service running on system startup? (check rclevels) – drcursor Sep 30 '11 at 12:08
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Try commenting the ListenAddress parameter on /etc/ssh/sshd_config, restart your computer and see if you can connect from your Windows PC, without first having to login to Ubuntu.

If not please post the output of grep ssh /var/log/auth.log

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ListenAddress is commented out. – dazz Sep 30 '11 at 12:01
Sep 30 11:03:29 #### sshd[442]: reverse mapping checking getaddrinfo for pc-####.local [] failed - POSSIBLE BREAK-IN ATTEMPT! Sep 30 11:03:36 #### sshd[442]: Accepted password for #### from port 52246 ssh2 Sep 30 11:03:36 #### sshd[442]: pam_unix(sshd:session): session opened for user #### by (uid=0) Sep 30 11:03:52 #### sshd[442]: pam_unix(sshd:session): session closed for user #### Sep 30 11:38:26 #### sshd[645]: Server listening on port 22. Sep 30 11:38:26 #### sshd[645]: Server listening on :: port 22. – dazz Sep 30 '11 at 12:02
Could the problem be that i'm connected to wifi for the moment? And the wifi connection doesn't go up before i login? – dazz Sep 30 '11 at 12:10
@Dazz yes, that's your real problem. Fixing it to start the wifi connection when the computer starts probably needs a new question with what tool you used to configure the wireless, etc. – DerfK Sep 30 '11 at 12:18
Yeap thats your problem. Any possibility of getting an Ethernet cable down to the basement and connect it to the switch your access point is connected to? :) – George Tasioulis Sep 30 '11 at 13:07

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