When you navigate to the firewall section, initially all the rules are displayed. You can apply a filter to control what is displayed so that you see only a subset of the rules. This can make it easier to manage the rules.


Verify that Manager mode is selected in the NSX Manager user interface. See NSX Manager. If you do not see the Policy and Manager mode buttons, see Configure User Interface Settings.


  1. Select Security > Distributed Firewall.
  2. Click the General tab for L3 rules or the Ethernet tab for L2 rules.
  3. In the search text field on the right side of the menu bar, select an object or enter the beginning characters of an object's name to narrow down the list of objects to select.
    After you select an object, the filter is applied and the list of rules is updated, showing only rules that contain the object in any of the following columns:
    • Sources
    • Destinations
    • Applied To
    • Services
  4. To remove the filter, delete the object name from the text field.