How to Specific Allowed IP Addresses in ESXi Firewall by PowerCLI

In recent LAB environment reviewing, I noticed my LAB ESXi hosts allow connections from all IP address for NTP services. This is not the best practices for the solid environment. I want to specify certain IP addresses are allowed in case of vulnerabilities in NTP services. There are a lot of blogs talking about how to enable/disable firewall ruleset but no one talks about how to do so. Following is what I figured out. Please let me know if you see anything I can improve.

# Please connect to vCenter Server by Connect-ViServer before use this script.
$vmhosts = Get-VMHost -Location esxiCluster
foreach($vmhost in $vmhosts){
$esxcli=get-esxcli -vmhost $vmhost -V2
$ntpRuleSet = $
$ntpAllowIP = $

The red text is customized parameters. Please change accordingly.

The script gets all ESXi hosts details in the specified location, you can use a cluster name, ESXi name, or folder. Then it disables “Allow connections from any IP address” option of the ruleset, and add 2 IP addresses to the ruleset.


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