Can't get VNC working: SSH connection refused

Dear Digital Ocean community,

I’m a developer and I’m all kinda unexperienced to hosting/linux. I know the basics of linux but that’s it. For my latest school project, we are in need of a linux server.

I’m trying to get VNC working, and I followed both of these tutorials:

Problem is, when I arrived at the very last step of the second tutorial (Step Four — Connect to Your VNC Desktop), you should enter the following command:

ssh -L 5901: -N -f -l user server_ip_address

I get the following response: ssh: connect to host “here comes my server ip” port 22: Connection refused

It is weird because in step 5 from the first tutorial, they told me to change this port 22 to another port.

I really hope someone can help me, because I’ve been struggling alot with my server lately. :( Thanks in advance!


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Use the port you set when you followed the first tutorial.

ssh -L 5901: -N -f -l user -p your_port server_ip_address