How to Setup Ironport LDAP with Active Directory

One of the first things that should be done on a new IronPort Email Security Appliance (ESA) is configuring LDAP authentication to Active Directory.

0) create an AD account to be used for LDAP authentication (think of it like a service account, it needs to special rights)

1) Open your Cisco IronPort ESA web management and click System Administration > LDAP
ironport ldap active directory

2) Check ‘Using Active Directory Wizard’ and click ‘Add LDAP Server Profile’
add-ldap-profile-ad-wizard

3)
-Enter a name for the profile you can call it whatever you want.
-Enter the hostnames or IP addresses of Domain Controllers that accessible by the IronPort
-Enter the FQDN of the ironport LDAP account you created in step 0 along with the password and click Next.
Note: I recommend you enter the username per the example with @addomainname appended to the username.  I’ve found that if the username isn’t entered in this specific way the LDAP test will fail.
ldap-ad-wizard

4) Next you can test querying against both valid and invalid email addresses in your organization.  After you are done testing, click Finish.
test-ldap

5) I recommend you enable SSL on the LDAP traffic:
-Click to open the LDAP profile you created in the previous steps
open-ldap-server-profile
-Change the port to 3269
-Check “Use SSL”
-You may need to re-enter the username and password for your LDAP Auth account (remember append @addomainname).
-Click Test Servers to confirm everything works

edit-ldap-server-profile

6) Click ‘Submit’ at the bottom of the page and then commit your changes

Next, I recommend you install an SSL certificate on the IronPort which will be used by SMTP, TLS and the quarantine web interface.

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