Error when starting Windows Service: Connection "actively refused"

Mega Matt asked:

I have used .NET to create a service installation package (msi) that, when run, installs a Windows service designed to run an instance of Apache Solr (to aid in searching from a web application). I am running the service on the same machine where Solr is hosted. When I start it up, I get:

Service cannot be started. System.Net.WebException: Unable to connect to the remote server —> System.Net.Sockets.SocketException:
No connection could be made because the target machine actively
refused it [MachineIP]:8983 at
System.Net.Sockets.Socket.DoConnect(EndPoint endpoingSnapshot,
SocketAddress socketAddress) at
System.Net.ServicePoint.ConnectSocketInternal(Boolean connectFailure,
Socket s4, Socket s6, Socket& socket, IPAddress& address,
ConnectSocketState state, IAsyncResult asyncResult, Int32 timeout,
Exception& exception)
— End of inner exception stack trace — at System.Net.HttpWebRequest.GetResponse() at
SOLRService.SolrService.OnStart(String[] args) at

Where [MachineIP] is the IP of the box. Again, I’m attempting to start this service from the same box it’s trying to connect to. I tried pinging its own IP, just for kicks, and it came back fine. I’m just not understanding why a server would actively refuse a connection to itself. We’ve been able to get this to work in development.


My answer:

Connection refused means that nothing is listening on that port (8983 in your case). Start the service which is supposed to listen for connections on that port.

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