Firewalls Management

The Firewalls area is under the Security drop down menu in the Cloud Control Panel . Here you can view your currently configured and setup Firewall Profiles, as well as create new Firewall Profiles.

The Firewall link in the Cloud Instance area


Firewall Profiles are firewall settings above the instance and allow for ease of firewall settings and configurations. You can apply them to one, many or even all of your  instances with Hostwinds.

The Firewall page in the Cloud area


Firewall Profiles provide a container for virtual firewall rules that control ingress (inbound to instances) and egress (outbound from instances) network traffic at the port level.

By default, they use a deny policy and only contain rules that allow specific traffic. Each port can reference one or more Firewall Profiles in an additive fashion. The firewall driver translates security group rules to a configuration for underlying packet filtering technology, such as iptables.


Firewall Profiles List

The listed Firewall Profiles will display the name of the group and a short description of the group.

You can edit the description by selecting the Actions dropdown and selecting Edit.

The actions drop-down on the Cloud Instance Firewall page



Displaying Settings of Firewall Profiles

Pressing the + sign next to the name of a security group will expand the group to display the group’s configurations.

The display will provide the description, direction, protocol, IP type, Min and Max Ports

firewall cloud portal


Adding Firewall Profiles

Pressing the Create Profile button will let you create new Firewall Profiles for your instances.

Create FireWall Image


The prompt will request the name of the profile and a short description of the group you’re creating.

Once done, press Create Profile.

Your new Security Profile will be displayed, with the name being a combination of an unique identifier and your chosen name.

Shows notification for successfully adding a Security Group for Firewall Profiles


Deleting Firewall Profiles

If you wish to delete a firewall profil, press the Delete button next to the profile among the drop-down under actions you wish to delete.

Delete Firewall Image



Adding / Deleting Rules

Adding Rules

Selecting the drop down next to the firewall you want to add a rule for.  This will expand the full list of firewall rules already applied to this firewall.  Then select Add Rule on the right.

add firewall rule cloud portal


You’ll be prompted with the window seen below:

Add Rule Image


To add rules, you’ll need to set the direction of the traffic the rule enforces, the protocol, IP type, Min and Max ports. Here’s a brief description of what each of these mean:

  • Direction: The direction of the traffic that the rule applies to, incoming will be traffic inbound to the instance, and outgoing will be traffic from the instance.
  • Protocol: Specifies the type of traffic, ICMP, TCP, UDP
  • IP Type: The IP type that the rule applies to: IPv4, or IPv6
  • Start Port: The minimum port that the rule applies to
  • End Port: The maximum port that the rule applies to


Deleting Rules

To delete a rule, press the Delete button next to the rule.

Shows the button for deleting a Security Group Rule


Applying Firewall Profiles to an Instance

To apply a security group to an instance, navigate to the Instance’s Cloud Control Panel page and press the Security Group button:

Shows the button for adding a Security Group to Firewall Profile


From there, you can select the Security Group you wish to apply to your instance.

Shows where to assign Security Groups to specific Firewall Profiles


Once selected, press the Confirm button to confirm the security group change.


The Default security group is the hwdefault. This security group allows everything. As without this group, no traffic would be allowed to the instance from any direction.


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