Connection refused for git push

I am trying to use SSH to push a repo to our Bitbucket server for the first time.  I am probably missing a step since this is all new to me.  If you have any thoughts, let me know. 

The error I get is: ssh: connect to host port 7999: Connection refused fatal: Could not read from remote repository.

Steps I have taken.

On Bitbucket server....

1. Verified SSH enabled, keys enabled, port 7999, and base url=ssh://

2. Created project & repo. (empty repo).  Project key is EBAP.

3.  On the settings>access key of the repo, I copied in the rsa public key. (note: I also tried to adding the public key to the project)

On my pc using Git Bash...

4.  Made sure SSH agent running with private key

5. cd to repo

6. $git remote add bitbucket ssh://

7. $git push -u bitbucket --all


Note: I was able to push the repo using HTTPS but I want to create a script to push using SSH without having to supply credentials.


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Jim Redmond Atlassian Team Jun 02, 2017

Repo access keys are read-only - they cannot be used to push. If you associate that key with a user account, then you should be able to push.

Thanks Jim.  Bare with me - I don't quite understand why the push would not use rsa key.  I guess I thought that any SSH access to the git repos on the bitbucket server from my pc would require a public key added to the server repo. 

In terms of my connection refused issue, I spoke to a system administrator and we are thinking that port 7999 is blocked by the load balancer.  So the sys admin will be looking into that.


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