Reservists get NMCI at home

The Navy's 87,000 reservists can access their Navy-Marine Corps Intranet e-mail accounts without buying a portable seat for remote network access.

The reservists can reach the accounts by logging into Microsoft Exchange Server's Outlook Web Access, according to Don Walsh, the NMCI enterprise operation technical lead. Through the Web Access URL, reservists can use all Microsoft Exchange functions from any Web browser that enables at least 128-bit encryption using a public-key infrastructure log-in certificate.

'It was determined that Outlook Web Access with public-key infrastructure authentication was an acceptable mechanism for providing remote access, thereby enabling anyone with an NMCI account to include our reserves access to NMCI functionality in the most economical manner,' Walsh said.

Typically, reservists spend two days a month at naval facilities, but many wanted a way to log on to NMCI from home. Before the new system went into effect, they had one option: to purchase a portable seat. But most reservists didn't need the full functionality of a portable seat and simply wanted basic access to the portal.

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