Posts By: jason tripp

Just another day…more ransomware

The latest ransomware victims: The City of West Haven Connecticut and Onslow Water and Sewer Authority. The best defenses are multiple layers of protection, following best practices and end users training. Even with the best defenses having an air-gapped back-up is key to effectively recovering from an attack. Security experts say that since then end… Read more »

Office 365 Mailbox Size Increase to 100GB

Big news today from Microsoft. The default mailbox size for Exchange Online E3 and E5 users is increasing from 50GB to 100GB . The default mailbox size for Exchange Online E3 and E5 users is increasing from 50GB to 100GB. If a mailbox has been assigned a non-default quota (for any of the 3 quota values)… Read more »

Why Migrate to Office 365? Are You Late?

It’s almost 2017 and it’s almost certain that you have heard about Office 365? What exactly are the top reasons why your company should move to Office 365? Well, we could likely write an entire book on the many positive reasons but let’s stick with 3 for the sake of time – and we actually… Read more »

Azure AD Domain Services in Public Preview

The future is coming folks and Microsoft is making it easier than ever. On October 14, 2015 the Azure team launched in Public Preview the Azure AD Domain Services. Basically, this allows any current Active Directory topology to be easily extended to the Azure cloud. Why is this exciting? Well, it’s an entirely new concept… Read more »

ADFS, DirSync, Azure AD Connect? What’s the Best Way to Connect On-Premise AD to Office 365?

So maybe you are planning an Office 365 deployment, knee deep already or you want to connect your already deployed Office 365 tenant to your on-premises Active Directory environment. What’s the answer for password and directory synchronization? DirSync used to be the defacto standard for easy quick Office 365 and Active Directory Sync without the hassle of… Read more »

Install Office 365 Professional Plus on Remote Desktop Server (RDS)

Since the second half of 2014 Microsoft released support of Office 365 ProPlus in an RDS/TS environment. This installation technique uses the ODT tool to perform a Shared Activation. Shared Computer Activation is enabled during the installation of Office 365 ProPlus using the Office Deployment Tool. Once enabled, Office installs without being activated. When a user signs… Read more »

High Availability and Uptime for Cloud Services – Why a Financially Backed SLA is a must!

Many companies are moving their services to the “cloud” and with this move comes the need to understand a critical term that separates the proverbial men from the boys! This term is high-availability (HA) which simply means any system or component that is continuously operational for a desirably long length of time. HA is often paired with… Read more »

It’s a Peering Issue!

Many are unfamiliar with how the internet works. In sum, the internet is simply a massive network of billions of devices connected together over TCP/IP. Connecting these networks requires peering agreements between different Internet Service Providers (ISP). These peering agreements are arrangements by which ISPs agree to carry traffic. These peering arrangements have always been the… Read more »

Convert EOP On-Premise to Office 365 Hosted Mailboxes

Many organization utilize Exchange Online Protection (EOP) for their on-premises Exchange mail scrubbing and filtration. The question becomes, what to do when you want to transition your EOP from on-premise and convert to cloud only mailboxes. The answer might surprise you. 1. Pointed MX back at on premises server. Waited 2 hours. 2. Disabled Standalone… Read more »

Cloud-Hosted Lync Enterprise Voice Coming in 2014?

We are just days away from the 2014 Microsoft Lync Conference. Lync Conference is the premier worldwide gathering of the entire Lync community, coming together to learn, share and connect. With speakers drawn from the world’s top Lync and UC experts, including engineers from Microsoft, consultants from the MVP, and Partner communities, Lync Conference 2014… Read more »

Six Reasons Why Your Company Should Move to VoIP in 2014

VoIP (voice over internet protocol) delivers voice communications and multimedia sessions over Internet Protocol (IP) networks, such as the Internet. This differs from old school PSTN (publicly switched telephone network) which is an circuit-switched telephone networks that are operated by national, regional, or local telephony operators to provide public communications. Why should you choose to replace your… Read more »

Despite Windows 8 Popularity Microsoft Has Record Quarter Earnings

REDMOND, Wash. — January 23, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $24.52 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. Gross margin, operating income, net income, and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $16.24 billion, $7.97 billion, $6.56 billion, and $0.78 per share, respectively. It’s of no surprise that Microsoft is having… Read more »

Still Running Windows XP? Unpatchable Exploits are Coming.

Windows XP is a Ticking Time Bomb! Why you ask? Well the 12-year old operating system loses 100% of support, patches and service packs from Microsoft on April 8, 2014. Right now there are literally hundreds of millions of desktops and laptops running this OS that will be susceptible to a critical zero-day exploit starting… Read more »

By 2016, most new IT spending will be in the cloud

According to Gartner, “The use of cloud computing is growing, and by 2016 this growth will increase to become the bulk of new IT spend. … 2016 will be a defining year for cloud as private cloud begins to give way to hybrid cloud, and nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments… Read more »

Synchronizing Server 2008 R2 (PDC) / Network Time with External Time Source (NTP Server)

Ever struggle to keep time correct in your network environment? How about across multiple sites? It’s best to to use an external NTP server. Network Time Protocol (NTP) is a networking protocol for clock synchronization between computer systems over packet-switched, variable-latency data networks. There are plenty of reliable free NTP servers to choose from however,… Read more »

Desktop Operating System Market Share

Every few months Tech Tripp reviews over the current desktop operating system market share. One thing that continues to surprise is the large hold Microsoft Windows XP maintains. As of September 2013 Windows XP still maintained a 31.42% market share. I foresee a mad rush end of year and Q1 2014 to get all machines… Read more »

Microsoft Financial Analyst Meeting 2013 Reports that 440 Companies Came Back to Office from Google Apps

Office 365 is a force to be reckoned with. Touting a more robust document management solution and more enterprise like features (Lync) the team at Microsoft is excited to report in their latest financial analyst meeting 440 customers they won back in FY13. In August, Microsoft published a article on its official Office blog from some… Read more »

Internet Health Report – Useful ISP (Backbone) Status Web Page

Ever notice degradation in speed or latency with your ISP? Wonder if the issue is isolated or widespread? One of the first outside network sources we check is the Internet Health Report posted over at Here they record and chart the latency and connection history between every major ISP / backbone. The providers include:… Read more »

Thinking About Moving to the Cloud?

Gartner has done a lot of your research for you with their Magic Quadrant for 2013! Take a look at this incredibly valuable Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform chart by Gartner. The market for cloud compute infrastructure as a service (a virtual data center of compute, storage and network resources delivered as a service)… Read more »

The Risk of Running Windows XP After Support Ends April 2014

Did you know that Microsoft is 100% completely done with Windows XP come April 2014? Did you know that this means after April 2014 if you are still running Windows XP you will not be compliant with most regulatory agencies? Microsoft has repeatedly stated, to which Tech Tripp agrees, if you have not updated to… Read more »

Microsoft and PRISM – Are they in bed together? Microsoft Responds!

There has been a lot of discussion lately about PRISM and Microsoft’s supposed direct involvement with the NSA in providing, what should be, private information freely to the Federal Government. Is this really the case? Edward Snowden thinks so but what does Microsoft say? Well, today Microsoft released a very detailed reply about their privacy… Read more »

OWA for iPhone and iPad

Today, we are excited to announce the availability of OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad, which provides even more value to organizations on any Office 365 subscription that includes Exchange Online. OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad are mobile apps that offer the same email, calendar, and contact functionality you get in Outlook Web App on… Read more »

Google Apps Outlook Sync Click to Run Error Outlook 2013

Google recently released their updated Google Apps Outlook Sync client for Outlook 2013. However, we had some issues getting it to run recently. The error preventing installation stated that we had a click to run version installed. This was not correct. The machines throwing the error never had a click to run version installed. After… Read more »

The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed

The error: the trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed pops up relatively frequently and the standard fix most practice is to simply remove the machine from the domain and rejoin. There is however a much easier way.   Follow these steps to fix the error. Use the Reset-ComputerMachinePassword cmdlet from Powershell v3! Run… Read more »

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Is Big!

What’s the big deal with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2? Hyper-V – it’s just getting better and better. During the TechEd North America Keynote yesterday, Microsoft unveiled Windows Server 2012 R2. These products are slated for release by the end of the year, with a Preview version coming before the end of June. Check out… Read more »

VMware Keeping up with Hyper-V and Azure with New IaaS Service

VMware finds a way to wring more cash out of virtualization customers. VMware today unveiled its first public infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud product, putting the virtualization software vendor into direct competition with Amazon Web Services. When combined with its in-house software, VMware’s cloud also provides an alternative to the virtualization/cloud synergy Microsoft is trying to achieve with Hyper-V,… Read more »

Microsoft Confirms Windows 8.1 Update

You’ve all heard about Windows 8. It’s reception was not as great as Microsoft would have hoped. This was mostly a result of the updated Start Menu as well as new cleaner Metro Interface. Well, Microsoft has been listening to the complaints and we are glad they did. Windows 8 has many powerful new features… Read more »

Windows Azure is the Future

This was the week where Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service. More than a simple declaration of production-grade availability, Microsoft’s announcement about its IaaS platform delivered the strongest possible elaboration of its intent to compete head to head with Amazon Web Services in the IaaS space to date. MSPs, IT service… Read more »

Lync-Skype Connectivity (Federation) Arriving by June 2013

On February 19th Tony Bates, President of Microsoft’s Skype Division, announced in the keynote address at the Lync Conference and also in a blog post that Lync-Skype Connectivity for presence, IM, and voice will be available to all Lync users by June. This article is a follow-up to provide additional details and answers to the most frequently asked questions as… Read more »

Brighthouse Networks 90/10mbps Coming – Competition for FiOS!

And the internet gets faster! BHN staff member, BHNtechXpert, posted the other day on that faster Road Runner Lightning is coming to all customers in Florida. The new speeds will be 90mbps down and 10mbps up! Tampa and Central Florida will be the first to get this crazy fast speed and it will be… Read more »

Web Threats and Business

Better Safe than Sorry Trend Micro just recently released an excellent 8 page eBook entitled “Five Things Every Small Business Should Know About Web Threats and Cybercrimes.” In this eBook Trend Micro demonstrates the many threats that small business face. Many think that cybercrimes and threats are only in movies but the reality is they… Read more »

Faster Internet Speeds?

More Gigabits! While we all crave fast internet connections up to or over 1 Gbps  most of us (99.9%) just can’t get them. It’s not necessarily that the speed isn’t possible it’s more to do with greedy Internet Service Providers.  Yes, there are some infrastructure limitations but that’s not really the issue. Consider this recent… Read more »

Massive Data Centers

From Microsoft to Google, Time Warner to Hitachi’s new “Green” data center in Yokohama, Japan, companies have massive data centers that work behind the scenes to deliver the world with the fastest, most energy efficient data processing systems. IBM, for example, operates eight million square feet of data center space on six different continents. Here… Read more »

How to Manage Office 365 Using Powershell

Powershell is a great and powerful command line interface (CLI) that can be used to administer Office 365. If you are not already using Powershell to manage your Office 365 online account you are missing out on many features unavailable through the graphical user interface. Unfortunately, at this time Microsoft does not give out access… Read more »

Hosted Antivirus

Is Your Antivirus Good Enough?  Tech Tripp regularly reviews antivirus programs and finds that many do not hold up to the claims that they make. After much searching and testing we found a solution that provides the customer with the lowest total cost of ownership by harnessing the power of the cloud. That solution is… Read more »

Cloud Computing

Should You Move Your Data to the Cloud?  There has been much talk recently about “the cloud.” In a nutshell, the cloud is simply another name for the internet. Cloud computing has taken shape in a variety of ways. It can be networks, servers, applications, data storage and services – which the end user has… Read more »

Offsite Data Backup

Choose The Best Offsite Data Backup Provider At Tech Tripp, LLC we are always looking out for our client’s best interest. As your Managed Service Provider (MSP) / IT Solutions Provider we strive to be cutting edge but always cost conscientious. While there are literally hundreds of online backup providers, none can provide the level of… Read more »