How to Install APF on your Dedicated Server

APF (Advanced Policy Firewall) lets you easily manage your iptables rules on your Dedicated Hosting Server. When you attempt to install and configure APF you may get a message stating “Package… already installed and latest version. Nothing to do.” This is because APF is already downloaded and installed on all of our servers by default, and there is no need to install it. Since APF is already available you can run APF commands, or replace it with an alternative firewall solution.

Like servers, workstations on your network will also benefit from a firewall solution to help filter your internet traffic. Basic security configuration should include the TCP and UDP ports and outbound packet filtering.

If the APF is already installed, you may need to restart APF in order to get properly the firewall functioning properly.

APF Commands

Since APF is already installed, you can use commands to perform tasks such as blocking, allowing, or unblocking IP addresses. This is covered in our full article:

APF Alternatives

ConfigServer Firewall (CSF), is a front end to iptables and an alternative to APF. CSF is an advanced option to APF with more features. The installation and setup of CSF are covered in our full guide:

Congratulations, now you understand that APF is already installed on your dedicated hosting server, which means there is no need to install it! You can simply run APF commands, or replace APF with an alternative method for managing IP tables on your dedicated server.

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John-Paul Briones Content Writer II

John-Paul is an Electronics Engineer that spent most of his career in IT. He has been a Technical Writer for InMotion since 2013.

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