You can use your Plesk Panel to configure your firewall rules. Follow the instructions below to configure your firewall on your Windows server using Plesk Panel.

1)    Log in to your Plesk Panel.

2)    Navigate to the Server tab within the Power User view and click on Firewall under the Security heading.

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3)    In the Tools section, click Switch On.

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Firewall Management is now switched on.

Creating a New Firewall Rule

Now that you have turned on the firewall, you can create additional firewall rules by following the instructions below.

1)    Navigate to the Firewall Rules sub-tab and click on Add Firewall Rule.

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2)    Specify the rule name, port number and the protocol for which the incoming connection must be allowed, then click OK.

You will now see your new rule in your list of Firewall Rules. If there is a green circle with a check mark next to the rule, that rule is switched on. If the circle is empty, the rule is not switched on.

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In order to toggle between a rule being switched on or off, simply click on the circle. To remove a rule complete, mark the check box on the left hand side and click Remove at the top of the page.

ICMP Protocol

The ICMP Protocol is used for network troubleshooting purposes. The pre-defined rules for ICMP communications are listed on the ICMP Protocol sub-tab. You can create rules to block or allow the packets that match the rule.

Now that you know how to manage your firewall using your Plesk panel, you can create custom firewall rules. Apart from using Plesk to manage your firewall, you can also use your built-in server tools to manage it. For example, on a Linux-based server you can create firewall rules using iptables. If you have a Windows-based server, you can use the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security tool. See our knowledgebase for more information on using these tools.