Before you can use the tenant portal to work with the distributed firewall capabilities on an organization virtual datacenter, the distributed firewall must be enabled for that organization virtual datacenter. A vCloud Director system administrator or a user granted the ORG_VDC_DISTRIBUTED_FIREWALL_ENABLE right can enable the distributed firewall on an organization virtual datacenter.

About this task

You use the Distributed Firewall screen in the tenant portal to enable the distributed firewall for an organization virtual datacenter. To open the tenant portal at the Distributed Firewall screen, you must first log in to the vCloud Director Web console, navigate to the organization virtual datacenter for which you want to enable the distributed firewall, right-click that organization virtual datacenter, and click Manage Firewall.

Prerequisites

Verify that the organization to which the organization virtual datacenter belongs has the following rights assigned to it:

  • Organization vDC Distributed Firewall: Enable/Disable

  • Organization vDC Distributed Firewall: Configure Rules

  • Organization vDC Distributed Firewall: View Rules

The vCloud Director system administrator assigns rights to an organization. The Organization vDC Distributed Firewall: Enable/Disable right is required for enabling the distributed firewall using the tenant portal's user interface. The Organization vDC Distributed Firewall: View Rules right is required for viewing the firewall rules in the tenant portal and the Organization vDC Distributed Firewall: Configure Rules right is required for configuring the firewall rules using the tenant portal.

Verify that you have an assigned role that grants you the right named Organization vDC Distributed Firewall: Enable/Disable. Of the pre-defined roles in a vCloud Director system, only the System Administrator role has that right by default.

Procedure

  1. In the vCloud Director Web console, navigate to the organization virtual datacenter for which you want to enable the distributed firewall.
  2. Right-click the name of the organization virtual datacenter and click the Manage Firewall action.

    The tenant portal opens and displays the Distributed Firewall screen. If the distributed firewall is not yet enabled for this organization virtual datacenter, the screen displays a message to select the option to enable the distributed firewall.

  3. Use the Enable Distributed Firewall control to enable the distributed firewall.

Results

After the distributed firewall is enabled, the screen displays the default distributed firewall rule.

What to do next

For a description of the default distributed firewall rule, see Manage Distributed Firewall Rules Using the Tenant Portal.