windows 2008 R2 advanced firewall netsh syntax


I'm experimenting with using the Windows 2008 R2 firewall to block external IP addresses from accessing one of our public facing servers.  I turned on the firewall and allowed all incoming public connections as a default with the intent to block those who were undesirable (hacking attempts, etc.).

I entered the following test netssh command at a command prompt:

netssh advfirewall add rule name="Blocked" dir=in action=block remoteip=

And got this as a result:
The following command was not found: advfirewall add rule name=Blocked dir=in action=block remoteip=

This is under Windows 2008 R2 standard.


Once this does work, if I wanted to have multiple remote IP addresses, how would I do that?  Can I add them to an existing rule, or do I have to make a new rule each time?

Thanks much!

Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developerAsked:
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Pretty sure the syntax is:

netsh advfirewall firewall add rule . . .
You are also able to update exisisting rules using the "set rule" command. For explample, to add the ip to your existing rule, you'd use the following command:

netsh advfirewall firewall set rule name="Blocked" new remoteip=,

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Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developerAuthor Commented:
Sigh.  Can't tell you how long I stared at that...  Thanks much!

Glad to help. I know how it feels. Sometimes you just need a fresh pair of eyes!
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