A plan to look into hosting discussion forums related to our product, on our own servers, has arisen, and I can't seem to find any pure .NET or Windows-based discussion forums. Since we're a pure Windows-based company, installing something that requires MySQL or Linux is going to require administration knowledge we don't currently have.

What are our options?

Every site I find that shows how to set up discussion forums on IIS involves just taking one of the many LAMP-based ones and tweaking IIS to run PHP or similar to run it.

Isn't there a .NET-based discussion forum software?

Free or not doesn't matter at this stage, right now we're just looking for options.

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One option is Web-Wiz forums software.

It is written in classic-ASP and uses SQL Server (latest version is 9.70 - version 9.06 was definitely SQL2000 compatible). There is a free version (I think it just requires advertising/promoting their software) and the paid version is affordable (was £300 but looks like you could get a single website licence for £60 now).

I have supported the software, ended up hosting it, migrated it onto a new server, upgraded the forums (in one step from about version 4 or 5 to 9.06) and also customised some features to provide some client specific requirements. The installation I was looking after was popular with more than 100,000 registered members, a few hundred thousand posts (old posts removed after a certain time).

I think it competes very well with all the common php/MySQL forums I've seen. It works well "out of the box", is customisable (without having to modify code) and I had good experiences with their support (via their forums) for upgrades and even figuring out how to do something with customised code.



Zimbra can be traced back to Telligent Systems, who produced the ASP.NET-based Community Server suite (circa 2005) which itself had its roots from ASP.NET Forums v1.

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