Turn on the adaptive firewall in macOS Server

Learn how to use the adaptive firewall, and keep unauthorized users out of your network server. 

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macOS Server uses the adaptive firewall to protect against unauthorized users. If a user or IP address tries to access your network 10 times, the adaptive firewall creates a firewall rule.

If you have macOS Server installed, you can turn on the adaptive firewall. Log in as an admin, then use these terminal commands.

sudo /Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/usr/libexec/afctl -c
sudo /Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/usr/libexec/afctl -f
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