You can activate and deactivate the distributed firewall feature.

If it is deactivated, no firewall rules are enforced at the dataplane level. Upon reactivation rules are enforced.


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 the User Interface Settings.


  1. Navigate to Security > Distributed Firewall.
  2. Click the Settings tab.
  3. Click Distributed Firewall Edit.
  4. In the dialog box, toggle the firewall status to green (activated) or gray (deactivated).
  5. Click Save.