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I cannot change sql server user. How can I restrict in SSMS to allow remote connections only specific IP / HostAddress.

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SSMS is only a tool that connects to a SQL Server instance. SQL Server listens on a specific IP address for connections. It doesn't really care which tool is connecting.

SQL Server is not like PostgreSQL that has a pg_hba.conf where you can restrict connections, nor is it MySQL where you assign permissions to a user@source combination when creating the user login.

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It's not currently possible by using simple means (PostgreSQL, MySQL), but if you are willing to start creating Logon Triggers (Microsoft Docs), then you might be able to build a restriction that meets your requirements.

The SQL Syntax for triggers can be found in the article CREATE TRIGGER (Transact-SQL) (Microsoft Docs). The article lists an example for a Logon Trigger.

Because your requirements are pretty dire, I am unable to provide a solid solution. Please edit your question and provide as much details as possible.

USE master  
GO  
CREATE LOGIN login_test WITH PASSWORD = 'password' MUST_CHANGE, CHECK_EXPIRATION = ON  
GO  
GRANT VIEW SERVER STATE TO login_test
GO  
CREATE TRIGGER connection_limit_trigger  
ON ALL SERVER WITH EXECUTE AS 'login_test'  
FOR LOGON  
AS  
BEGIN  
IF ORIGINAL_LOGIN()= 'login_test' AND  
    (SELECT COUNT(*) FROM sys.dm_exec_sessions  
            WHERE is_user_process = 1 AND  
                original_login_name = 'login_test') > 3  
    ROLLBACK  
END 

Alternative

You could equally create a blocking firewall rule or hack the routing table on the server / network.

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