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How To Use Firewall Profiles On Your Cloud Server

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Setting up a firewall can sometimes be a daunting or intimidating task. Especially if configuring directly on the VPS. If configured incorrectly, you might lock yourself out, or bring down a service that was working perfectly before. Hostwinds makes it easy with our Firewall Profiles that can be created, managed and set from within the Cloud Portal. This allows you to not worry too much about the command you need to enter in order to only allow access to a port from a specific IP. The Firewall Profiles are easily managed from a great user interface.

Where To Find The Firewall Profile On Your VPS

Step One: Proceed from the Client area to your Cloud Portal, by going to Cloud Control -> Cloud Portal 

Step Two: From the next page, select the VPS that you are wanting to apply the Firewall Profile to by clicking in the server name

Selecting server

Step Three: This will take you to another management page, where you can see additional information about this particular Server, as well as additional Options / Tabs that are now available to choose from. From the Tabs in the upper portion of this page, select Firewall Profile

Cloud Control Firewall Profile VPS Button Location

Changing The Current Firewall Profile

Step One: From the Cloud Portal, under the Firewall Profile management, you will see a button in the upper right to Change the Firewall Profile. Click that button.

Cloud Control Firewall Profile Change Profile Button Location

Step Two: After clicking the Change button, there will be a dialog box that pops up. This will allow you to select from a dropdown of your available Firewall Profiles.

Cloud Control Firewall Profile Select Profile For VPS Dialog Box

Step Three: Once you have selected the new Firewall Profile you want to apply to the VPS, click Confirm. Shortly afterwards the page should refresh and a success message will appear at the top

Cloud Control Firewall Profile Change Message Success

You will now see the new rules for the Firewall Profile listed on the page, here is an example of what this may appear like this:

Cloud Control Firewall Profile Changed Example

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