Additional capabilities offer relief for teleworkers during COVID-19

Telework capabilities are expanding offering relief for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base personnel who are currently working from home due to COVID-19. Commercial Virtual Remote environment allows users to access versions of Microsoft Teams, SharePoint online, OneDrive and Skype without Virtual Private Network connection. In addition, the number of VPN connections are increasing to total over 200,000 with the potential to reach 380,000. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kiaundra Miller)

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Telework capabilities are expanding offering relief for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base personnel who are currently working from home due to COVID-19. Commercial Virtual Remote environment allows users to access versions of Microsoft Teams, SharePoint online, OneDrive and Skype without Virtual Private Network connection. In addition, the number of VPN connections are increasing to total over 200,000 with the potential to reach 380,000. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kiaundra Miller)

Telework capabilities are expanding offering relief for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base personnel who are currently working from home due to COVID-19.

The Department of Defense is providing a temporary collaboration of capabilities for at-home workers through the Commercial Virtual Remote environment. Without requiring Virtual Private Network connections, CVR provides commercially accessible versions of Microsoft Teams, SharePoint online, OneDrive and Skype for over 4 million DoD users outside the Air Force network.

Lt. Col. Jeff Crépeau, 88th Communications Squadron commander, said these services will be deployed in phases to approximately 250,000 users a day over the next several weeks and will be enabled to be used on both government and personal computers as well as mobile devices.

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In addition to CVR, the number of VPN connections have been increased. Within the last week, 30,000 connections were added and over 110,000 connections were expected.

Crépeau added that scheduled increases will continue to total over 200,000 VPN connections with the potential to reach 380,000.

All additional capabilities added are Air Force-approved solutions, and many do not require any software installation on computers. However, some do have mobile applications that can be downloaded to complement their use.

For more information on teleworking guidance and a list of telework capabilities go to the "Employee Resources" tab on the Wright-Patt COVID-19 information page at www.wpafb.af.mil/coronavirus . The list of capabilities will be updated as new solutions are approved.

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