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Thanks to DISA, the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC), NETCOM, and our other mission partners, the Army exceeded 500K users on DoD Enterprise Email (EE) this week. When you consider that 500K Army Knowledge Online (AKO)-only users will be migrated in February 2013, we are well on our way to completing Army migration to DoD EE by the end of March 2013. In addition to Army users, we can boast of an additional nearly 18K users from the Joint Staff, DISA, and U.S. European Command. This is an incredible milestone and one for which every member of the team can be proud.

Of course, there is a lot of work ahead. We are diligently working with the remaining commands and organizations to complete their migrations, and we are getting ready to start migrations for the Army’s classified network.

As you all know, Enterprise Email is only the beginning. In earlier posts, I mentioned one of the most significant capabilities of DoD EE is DoD Enterprise Directory Services (EDS). EDS provides a single, authoritative identity to everyone in DoD based on their CAC card credentials. As in DoD EE, EDS provides the building blocks that will enable the Army to more fully implement a single identity across the DoD. EDS enables the goal to ensure your personal and organizational data is always securely available from anywhere.

Once again, thanks to the DoD EE and EDS teams, and all our mission partners for your hard work, dedication, and contributions.

Mike

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Reserve and NG included? Re: Army Exceeds 500K DoD Enterprise Email Users

Does anyone know if the Mar-2013 target date includes reserve and National Guard?

By jim bishop on   9/12/2012 4:37 PM

Re: Army Exceeds 500K DoD Enterprise Email Users

Will we still be able to check OWA without our CAC? How about data space are we still getting 2G of data space? What about getting our messages on our phones? I know there must be a reason why we are migrating but still a lot of questions and wierd that my AKO webmail account is being shut down with so many unanswered questions.

By Nathan Magee on   9/17/2012 5:43 AM

Re: Army Exceeds 500K DoD Enterprise Email Users

@ Jim Bishop - Yes, we plan to migrate both NG and Reserves by March 2013.

By G6Admin on   9/19/2012 12:54 PM

Re: Army Exceeds 500K DoD Enterprise Email Users

@ Nathan Magee - Thanks for commenting. No. You will need a CAC to check OWA. As for dataspace, you can expect 4GB. Until we have a viable and secure method to verify CAC with a phone, the answer is no phone access, but we are working on that. Stay tuned. . .

By G6Admin on   9/19/2012 1:03 PM

Re: Army Exceeds 500K DoD Enterprise Email Users

A functional equivalent would be to have the GAL completely searchable, with additional fields for a standardized job description and one or more location fields. This may be a less expensive method.

Does anyone currently using the new "Enterprise Email' know if the GAL has this function?

By jim bishop on   9/25/2012 12:24 PM

Re: Army Exceeds 500K DoD Enterprise Email Users

Why was my previous comment deleted? I asked if the new Enterprise email would have a way to search by employee position (job description) and proposed a way this could be enabled if it is not "in the works". I still see the last post, but not the other one from 25-SEP.

By jim bishop on   10/2/2012 10:13 AM

Re: Army Exceeds 500K DoD Enterprise Email Users

OK, now I've got duplicate comments. I'm not sure how that happened but you could delete one of the duplicates. Please answer my inquiry in regards to wether or not the new enterprise email will have positional email addresses as well or if they will be searchable on a job description field or if the situation will be "none of the above".

By jim bishop on   10/3/2012 3:07 PM

Re: Army Exceeds 500K DoD Enterprise Email Users

@Jim Bishop

Thanks for the continued engagement. I am not exactly sure what you mean by searching by “job description" or "employee position". The GAL can currently be searched using the "Title" field, using the Advanced Find option. There are not currently any plans in the works to expand the GAL, and no current efforts to "make it completely searchable" beyond the current ability to use Advanced Find to search by first name, last name, title, rank, employee type, location, department, and component.

That said, CIO/G-6 is certainly interested in good ideas, and your input from the field is a valued asset. We would certainly like to review your idea and tease out the details. Please contact us at cio-g6.webmaster@mail.mil and our staff will connect you with the Army's EE Requirements Manager. He will collaborate with you to flesh out the details. He can be pretty technical, so be prepared to get into specific details with him. We look forward to the information exchange!

By G6Admin on   10/4/2012 8:04 AM

Re: Army Exceeds 500K DoD Enterprise Email Users

Thanks for the reply. I will correspond with webmaster. As to the specific nature of my inquiry, I want to automate the SAMS-E work order process to be completely paperless and in doing so need to find people's emails based on their job function. In our state, most of this info is either out of date or nonexistent.

By jim bishop on   10/31/2012 3:47 PM

I think what you posted was actually very reasonable. But, think about this, suppose you composed a catchier post title? I ain't suggesting your information isn't good, however what if you added something that grabbed a person's attention? I mean

I think what you posted was actually very reasonable.
But, think about this, suppose you composed a catchier post title?
I ain't suggesting your information isn't good, however what if you added something that
grabbed a person's attention? I mean CIO/G6 Blog - Army Exceeds 500K DoD Enterprise Email Users is a little boring. You ought to look at Yahoo's home page and note how they write news titles to
grab people to open the links. You might try adding a video or a related picture
or two to get people excited about what you've got to say. In my opinion, it would bring your posts a little livelier.

By Margo on   11/1/2012 9:11 AM

Re: Army Exceeds 500K DoD Enterprise Email Users

AKO had a light version that also had CAC security. It allowed access when more robust computers / interent connections were not available. OWA as coded by Microsoft has a light version (I use it for my civilian email). If you can enable that function (with CAC card security) it would greatly increase Reserve component use of OWA. I currently get memory error messages when I attempt to open, reply. or forward any email message and my OWA is "read only" using the reading pane.

By Jonathan Funk, LTC USAR on   3/2/2013 1:58 PM

Re: Army Exceeds 500K DoD Enterprise Email Users

Margo - This is the United States Military we're talking about here. There will never be a day of excitement as long as the current culture exists. This is arguably a good thing, though, becuase the current culture in the upper echelons is one of professionalism. That professionalism doesn't trickle down in some units... But that's a different discussion.

A half million users on dedicated servers is an impressive thing to say the least. It is a sad thing that the Army continues to use the Windows operating systems because of the continual security errors and the substantial COST of implementing the systems. It would be much cheaper to train and employ soldiers who were familiar with Unix architectures and security systems as these can be had freely. It says something when the NSA already uses primarily Linux systems and the Army has yet to adopt them.

Perhaps the Army could learn from some of its companions?

By Albert on   3/27/2013 12:15 PM

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