IronPort ESA LDAP Accept Query – Disabled AD Accounts

I recently had the possibility to work on a project where I had to setup and implement an E-Mail gateway using Cisco IronPort Email Security Appliances (ESA) and stumbled over an interesting issue.

If you verify the recipient on incoming mails via an internal ActiveDirectory (only accept mails for people who have a E-Mail address associated to their account in ActiveDirectory), you might find this useful:

To avoid the ESAs from accepting mail for disabled accounts, you have to use a custom accept-query:


This query takes into account, that the ActiveDirectory marks disabled accounts by setting the userAccountControl flag to 0x0002 (decimal 2).

As a comparison, this is the default accept-query: