PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --
The 45th Space Wing migration to Air Force Network (AFNet) has been delayed until mid- to late January 2012.
The Air Force Network Integration Center and 24th Air Force have established a centralized user directory and e-mail service for all Air Force network users. The goal of the AFNet migration project is to collapse all existing standalone base networks into a single structure within the AFNet under the operational control of a single commander.
The most visible change to 45 SW network users will be the new format of e-mail addresses. The migration replaces the firstname.lastname@example.org with a standard email@example.com allowing central management of these accounts. However, your @patrick.af.mil address will work if others email it after the migration until you PCS, retire, or leave the 45 SW. At that point we will delete the @patrick.af.mil account and you will keep the @us.af.mil address for the rest of your Air Force career (military or government).
The migration will take approximately 45 days and units will be migrated in blocks. Users will be notified of their specific date and time with a yellow e-Advisory at 72 hours and
a red e-Advisory at 24 hours prior to migration.
The migration is a two-phase process. Units will go through each phase with their designated block. Phase 1 will be the migration of your computer and phase 2 will be the actual transfer of your email mailbox.
Computer migrations will occur between 1100 - 1400 hours during the duty day. You can continue to work during this period; however, we recommend you save your work often while the migration is in progress. When the migration is complete, you will receive a pop-up notification followed by an automatic computer re-boot with a 10 minute countdown. Your computer will re-boot twice. Computers must be turned on during the migration; however, they can be in 'lock' mode.
Email migrations will occur after 5 p.m. on your scheduled day. In order to avoid any email service interruptions please ensure you fully understand and accomplish the important instructions in the eAdvisories.
Prior to and during the migration please expect some service delays as we prepare to migrate more than 6,000 PAFB and CCAFS users. The migration was tentatively scheduled from Nov. 28 to Jan. 6, 2012.
Please read all eAdvisories related to the AFNet migration for more detailed information.
For any questions concerning the upcoming migration, contact the Communications Focal Point at 494-2666 (DSN 854) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
A few tips to ensure a smooth transition:
· Ensure your email is not being delivered directly to a personal folder (.pst)
· All government laptops must be connected to the network in order to be migrated. When your unit receives the 24 hour eAdvisory notification, all of the unit's government laptops should be physically connected to the network (LAN).
· If users are TDY, on leave or deployed they will still be migrated if their mailbox is under its size limit. They will still be able to access their email using Outlook Web Access (OWA) via the Air Force Portal. You can call the Communications Focal Point at DSN 854-2666 or email at email@example.com
anytime for more information.
· Users should begin using the Enterprise Service Desk (ESD) for desktop support starting
Nov. 21. They can be reached by either calling directly at DSN 510-435-7337 or the 45 SW Comm Focal Point at 494- 2666 to reach a menu and have the ability to select ESD or CFP for various comm support.
· Once email is migrated, users will have to rebuild their cached contacts in the To: block of
Outlook. Although the @patrick.af.mil email will continue to work, the location to find the cached information will be gone. Once it is rebuilt, the contacts will save again.
· Users must be within their designated mailbox size limit to migrate. Once migrated, this limit will be strictly enforced and email will not be able to come in or go out until emails are
deleted or saved to a .pst .