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SCS prepares for AFNet migration

(Original U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jerry Fleshman)

(Original U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jerry Fleshman)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Communications experts at Vandenberg will begin the migration of all Vandenberg-domain computers to the Air Force Network, or AFNet, Jan. 30.

"The AFNet migration is intended to standardize the Air Force networks into one single network," said Karl McDonald, from the 30th Space Communications Squadron. "It brings NIPRnet e-mail and directory services and servers into the AFNet domain."

With less than three weeks away from the start date, 30th SCS personnel are completing checklists, training the base's computer support assistants and ensuring all servers are properly configured and updated.

"AFNet will provide Air Force leadership with centralized control of the network, a decrease in cost and an increase in security," said 2nd Lt. Eduardo Ramirez, 30th SCS Client Services Center officer in charge. "AFNet will provide Vandenberg and Air Force users improved access to resources improving collaboration and communication. Once all Air Force bases are migrated, users will be able to login into their accounts from any AFNet base."

The AFNet migration project will collapse existing stand-alone environments and establish a centralized user directory and e-mail service for all Air Force network users.

"The most notable impact to the everyday network user is the format of their email address," Ramirez said.

The migration replaces the old address with a standard address.

The new standard will remain with users for the duration of their career, employment or affiliation with the Air Force regardless of the base or organization assigned, said Ramirez.

During the migration, users are asked to follow the on-screen prompts and perform the tasks requested. This will ensure an accurate migration. Additional tips include:

-Personnel should ensure their email is not being delivered directly to personal folders, or PST, during migration.
-Personnel should reduce the size of their (email) mailbox. Accounts exceeding size limits (100 MB) will not be migrated.
-Back up PST folders to an approved portable hard drive.

For additional information, visit Vandenberg's AFNet migration SharePoint site which can be reached here or email any questions to