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 […]

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 […]

Virtual Machines Slow and Sluggish – Broadcom Network Adapter VMQ Issue

While rolling out a new Hyper-V infrastructure we noticed quite a delay (latency) when running either through the console or RDP.  After confirming integration services were installed, updated and enabled we turned to the NIC as a possible cause. After doing some research on the driver and firmware revisions we determined that the VMQ (Virtual […]

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, […]

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 […]

Microsoft Lync is King of Presence, Awareness and Messaging in Business

Microsoft Q3 2013: #Lync revenue grew over 30% again, 90 of the Fortune 100 use Lync Microsoft just announced an amazing stat that 90 of the Fortune 100 use Microsoft Lync. Lync Skype video federation is coming soon! “In terms of our productivity server offerings, we continued to see strength with Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync, […]

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 […]

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: […]