Can anyone recommend a fail2ban-like tool for a Windows OS? I've got a couple of Windows Media servers that get hammered with brute force authentication attempts. I would like to plug these authentication failures into some kind of blocking tool.

  • Could you provide some clarification? What are you trying to accomplish? What version of Windows? Are you trying to block bad logins to PCs, network shares, Terminal Servers, IIS-hosted pages, etc?
    – Skawt
    Jun 18 '09 at 6:20
  • Clarified my question.
    – nurikabe
    Jun 18 '09 at 9:45

I know of no tool that will do this "out of the box". I wrote a script to do something like this with failed OpenSSH logons on Windows, but I can't share it with you because it "belongs" to the Customer for whom I wrote it.

Having said that, it was a simple VBScript program that had an event log sink to watch for new failed logons and, if enough happened in a time window, add an IP route (using the "route" command) to route traffic to the offending IP address to a "MS Loopback Adapter" on the system.

For other types of logs, it would be a fairly trivial matter to write. Since I didn't have IPtables on Windows, the loopback adapter seemed like the next best thing. (You can't do a "route x.x.x.x mask" on Windows-- you need an adapter to route the traffic to, because the loopback isn't a "real" interface on Windows.)

(If you want something like this written, contact me out-of-band and we can discuss the specifics of such an arrangement.)


I decided to write something to do this and I've released it under a Free license.


Check out this project - ts_block

I'm using it and thus far its terrific (Windows Server 2008 R2 RDS, system is behind a firewall but I didn't feel like using an ssl vpn gateway to the server)


wail2ban claims to be a Windows port of fail2ban


I found a tool called RdpGuard (https://rdpguard.com) that starts at $79 and appears like it might work. I haven't tested it yet, but might give it a go for my SMTP solution.

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    It would probably be a good idea to have used the product, before you make the recommendation. Jul 14 '17 at 19:35
  • A VM hosting company I started using includes a copy on their Windows VMs. It does the trick, and there are hundreds of firewall entries after just a few weeks.
    – atmarx
    Jan 8 '19 at 12:05
  • I've been using this lately and it works extremely well. I recommend it. I love how it's an easy install with a GUI interface. There are no scripts to set up and run. It's all-inclusive and allows a lot of auto-blocking beyond just RDP, such as SMTP, MySQL, MS SQL, and more if there are failed logins. Very configurable. I have no affiliation with the company that makes this program, just FYI. Feb 20 '20 at 20:47
  • Ipban is free and has a one click install
    – jjxtra
    Apr 19 at 2:26

I recently installed IPBan on Windows Server 2019:

And it's radically decreased number of failed RDP logins:
Failed RDP logons

  • what's the name of this "dashboard"?
    – Kreker
    Feb 10 at 9:32
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    @Kreker, that's Discover app in the Kibana. The data is sent by Winlogbeat.
    – Slavik
    Feb 11 at 8:02
  • Ipban runs on Linux and windows ;)
    – jjxtra
    Apr 19 at 2:27

It doesn't look like fail2ban runs on windows at all, as it requires iptables which is only available on Linux.

However, I would suggest that you block everything and white-list only the IPs/names you want to be able to connect to the server(s) in question, if at all possible.


Another option that I've found is QaaSWall, I haven't tested it yet, but I will be in the next day or so.

  • Doesn't work on x64 actually, @Evan I'm using your script
    – Matt Bear
    Oct 18 '13 at 21:24

You may check Win2ban which is a Fail2ban implementation for Windows systems. It is a packaging of Fail2ban, Python, Cygwin, Winlogbeat and many other related tools to make it a complete and ready-to-use solution for brute-force attack protection. A full functional free edition is available for non-commercial use.

NB! We are the developer of the solution.



What's EvlWatcher?

It's basically a fail2ban for windows. Its goals are also mainly what we love about fail2ban:


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