Bechtle UK Software–now on Facebook

Bechtle UK are now present on the ever growing Facebook. I’ve never used it before but I think it could be a great way to improve contact with our customers and partners so I bit the bullet and set the page up Smile

I’m going to use the Facebook page to:

  • Tell people when we’re running events
  • Tell people about any offers we have
  • Give people another way to ask questions on software

and more.

I like having contact with companies on Twitter and I think Facebook may well be a better, richer experience.

If you’re a customer, partner, a twitter follower, a blog reader or just curious, check out the page here:

Bechtle UK Software on Facebook

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Things real people don’t say about Advertising

I saw these over on The Chive earlier, and they’re awesome. Very funny and very true!

Even if you are involved in social media/marketing I’m sure you can appreciate these Winking smile

Here are a few of my faves:






See the rest here:

Microsoft SBS 2011 Licensing Changes

Microsoft have now released the new version of Small Business Server, SBS 2011 and as well as product improvements, they’ve also made some changes to the licensing.

In SBS 2008, you chose either SBS Standard OR SBS Premium and then purchased Standard CALs AND Premium CALs (for those users accessing the extra features).

However, with SBS 2011 even the server licences have a layered licensing model. This means you purchase:

  • SBS 2011 Std

and then, if you need the Premium functionality of a 2nd Windows Server and SQL, you must purchase ON TOP of the standard licence:

  • SBS 2011 Premium Add-on.

This is quite a change and one which was not communicated very well at all.


They have also introduced a new edition:

  • SBS 2011 Essentials

“a new, easy-to-use, first-server solution designed and priced especially for small businesses (up to 25 users) that can seamlessly integrate into online services such as Office 365, cloud backup and cloud management solutions. It is expected to release in the first half of 2011. “

Users don’t need CALs for the Essentials edition but it is hard locked at a maximum of 25 users.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 120,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 5 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 95 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 535 posts. There were 246 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 17mb. That’s about 5 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 12th with 675 views. The most popular post that day was Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Centre (VLSC).

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for windows mobile 7, windows 7 backgrounds, windows 7 presentation mode, windows 7 background, and sccm dashboard.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Centre (VLSC) December 2009


Windows 7 Presentation Mode June 2009


Microsoft Open Licensing (OLP) July 2009
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