Bypass Zone Based Firewall

Hello all,
We have recently replaced our premise router with an ASR.  We established a Zone Based Firewall since reflexive ACLs are no longer supported.  The problem we are having now is that SMTP traffic is SLOW.  External mail coming in with no attachments seems o.k. but when adding an attachment it can take hours.  In fact the last test took 13 hours to make it through.  At first we thought it was the Ironport but when talking with Cisco they said that it looks fine and normally the symptoms present themselves when there is packet inspection before the mail hits the Ironport.  Is there a way for SMTP to bypass the inspection policy but still be allowed through?  
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Matt VCommented:
In your config, is ip inspect SMTP enabled?

If it is, turn it off and let Ironmail do the inspection.
laz01Author Commented:
Negative.  It is not enabled.  
Jimmy Larsson, CISSP, CEHNetwork and Security consultantCommented:
In your policy map for traffic going between the appropriate zones, for SMTP-traffic do "pass" instead of "inspect.

If unsure what I mean, post your config here for clarification.

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laz01Author Commented:
OK.  So that's what I ended up having to do.  I created an access-list for all smtp traffic, the appropriate class-maps and "pass" for the action.  
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