I installed Raspbian Jessie Lite (downloaded from the raspberry pi site) to my SD card, plugged it into my Pi 2 and fired it up. Any attempt to connect via SSH is actively refused. The IP address is correct and the device is showing on my router. So I guess SSH is not running by default with that distro. So I connected my monitor to the Pi but there is no signal. I guess that isn't surprising because Jessie Lite is headless. So how am I supposed to access my Pi? It seems ridiculous that a headless distro wouldn't have SSH running by default. Am I missing something?
UPDATE Faulty HDMI cable did not help. Serves me right for buying it in Poundland. Currently installing Raspbian Lite via NOOBS.
UPDATE 2 Jessie Lite installed via Noobs (networked) and I can confirm that SSH works out of the box. I'm leaving this question here as a reminder not to make assumptions. :-)