1995 - The mailing list and navision.net
In 1995 the original user group started was started by Erik P. Ernst. At that time he was working in New York for a local reseller as their only Navision developer. It was a big challange to work in an office where nobody really knew Navision, and even the local support at Navision US (back then called Avista in the US) was not really worth so much. So after while where he just emailed his friends back in Denmark (at least the few who had an email address at that time), he created a home page at www.navision.net - and had his local ISP sponsor a mailing list. This way all his Navision contacts could subscribe to the email list. And every time someone wrote an email it was automatically sent to all the subscribers.
1997 - The first web based debate list
But after a year or two it grew too big. It was like you got 30-50 emails each day from the list. So Instead a new site was build up using Microsoft Frontpages build-in debate/forum setup. It was ok, but not very good. But it worked ok for a year or so, but people didn't really like it so much. The site was hosted by Navision Software, on a server in their internal server room. But every time there was something wrong, it took forever to get fixed, as we were always behind in the line for their own servers. So we moved it when we changed the site again.
2000 - The first database driven forum site
In the year 2000 the first version of the forum based on a "real" database was introduced. We used the famous old ASP Forums. A free and open software with a Access database and ASP coding. It was a good time and the forum was great.
2003 - The Snitz 2000 forum site
Later the site was updated again. This time to a forum software called Snitz 2000 Forums. It was based on ASP Forums, but it had a lot of additional features and many developers supporting it with add-ons and enhancements. This site was mostly known as mbsonline.org and until two weeks ago you could still access it (before the posts and members was merged into dynamicsuser.net). In the Snitz time the member database really took of. In the peak period around 50-100 new users every day. But then we started to have performance issues. Access isn't really build to handle this many users. So with the very bad performance and many errors the members started to shift away from us.
2006 - The fifth generation site
That's when we decided to move on. It was time for changing forum software again. This time we found a system called Community Server, which also was used by Microsoft in many of their own website. And based on SQL Server. After having worked with getting the old site converted for 5-6 months, without success, we decided simply to leave the old site as "read-only" (for search only), and just open the new site. So in June 2006 the new and fifth generation of the Dynamics User Group website was live. With the new site we could now offer the members to host their BLOG.