TechNet Guru Awards – February 2014

All the votes are in! Bit late this month, as some judges were very busy with very important Microsoftness...


Below are the results for the TechNet Guru Awards, February 2014 !!!!


The TechNet Guru Awards celebrate the technical articles on TechNet, contributed from valued wiki authors like YOU!

Each month, the contributions are scored by a panel of judges (5 per category, 2-3 in each are MS experts), and the winners of each category are showered with love and attention from all corners of TechNet.

See the links at the bottom, to find out more about the competition and how to enter.


We have picked the top three highest scored contributions for each category to bestow our awards upon.

The awards are in gold, silver and bronze, the gold obviously being the top winner of the category.

The last column is just a few of the comments judges made during the judging process.

In some cases, we have not obtained permission to use the judges names, so they have been reduced to initials.


My fellow wiki ninjas will be digging deeper into some of these articles in this blog series, so watch out for those.

Any of our judges can exercise their right to veto an article, if they do not feel it meets minimum requirements for a medal.  

When this is the case, we will at least give an indication of the reason, so you understand why.


A big thank you also, to the other authors who did not make the top three of each category.

Some articles only just missed out, so we may be returning to discuss those too, in future blogs.

We have tried to provide feedback on every article, good and bad comments.

Guru Award  BizTalk Technical Guru - February 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Mohit Gupta Using Windows Azure BizTalk Services to Insert XML Messages into an Azure SQL Server Ed Price: "I love the Business Scenario example, and the Step By Step section is very clear with great formatting!"
TGN: "very nice article, explains everything easy, good going Mohit!"

Silver Award Winner


Sandro Pereira Migrating BizTalk Server maps to Windows Azure BizTalk Services (WABS) maps TGN: "AaaaaMAZING article Sandro! My favorite this month!"
Ed Price: "This is a great topic! The images help a lot as you explain the steps!"

Bronze Award Winner


Steef-Jan Wiggers Windows Azure BizTalk Services Operations: Backup and Restore Ed Price: "Another great masterpiece! Fantastic explanations through the whole process!"
TGN: "This is valuable for people to know, it's so easy! Thanks Steef-Jan!"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  Forefront Identity Manager Technical Guru - February 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Eihab Isaac FIM 2010 R2 & BHold: How to create and use Supervisor Role PG: "Nice article, interesting content, good topic, BHOLD articles are rare, so keep going!"
Ed Price: "The section divisions with clear explanations, steps, and images really help break this out and make it a great article! Important topic!"

Silver Award Winner


Majd Andoni Handling a composite type request for multivalued attributes PG: "Nice article, interesting content, good balance between text and images."
Ed Price: "Another valuable article with well-formatted code and a wonderful diagram at the bottom! Could benefit from a TOC."

Bronze Award Winner


James Resue Demystify Kerberos setup with FIM 2010 R2 with SSPR PG: "Nice article, well done. "
Ed Price: "The Case and Scenario sections are very helpful!"


Guru Award  SharePoint 2010 / 2013 Technical Guru - February 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Nitin Gupta Custom BCS connector for Search with Security Trimming, Batching and Incremental Crawling TVG: "BCS is one of my most favorite Service Applications and not easy to learn due to complexity, well done!"
Ed Price: "Not only is it incredibly thorough, but the comments really explain its value... Matthew Yarlett: "Fantastic article! Detailed, very interesting, and a great topic to have a thorough walk-through on!" Dan: "An excellent article, Nitin!! I love how you have written such a detailed article which motivates other SharePoint admins to adopt Visual Studio." Prateek: "Thanks alot Nitin and Vaibhav. I was stuck for about a week; this article helped me rectify my issues. Thanks a ton. :)""
GO: "Great article! Detailed and interesting."

Silver Award Winner


Steven Andrews How to update parent folders when child contents are modified Ed Price: "Thorough descriptions and steps! I left a comment about one way to get the images to not show up as numbered steps. Great article!"
GO: "This is a "nice to know" article! The idea that each Document Set shares the DocSetName column value with any document contained within it could be very useful. "

Bronze Award Winner


Dan Christian Search Service Application Issue with AAM Ed Price: "Another fantastic article from Dan with thorough explanations and clarifying screenshots!"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  Small Basic Technical Guru - February 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Nonki Takahashi How to Install Small Basic onto Windows 8.1 Ed Price: "Wow, this is incredibly valuable. Thank you for getting us all these steps! The images also help a lot!"

Silver Award Winner


Nonki Takahashi Small Basic: Color Ed Price: "This is a fine addition to the Small Basic library! A great deep dive on colors! "

Bronze Award Winner


Joe Dwyer (DwyerTech) Olympics - Small Basic Style! Ed Price: "This is a great sample and fun game! Thanks, Joe!"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  SQL BI and Power BI Technical Guru - February 2014  

Gold Award Winner


HimanshuSharma Geocoding Ed Price: "Great message from Paul in the comments: "This is a great post, Himanshu, and will be quite valuable for someone needing to geocode locations. It would also be great to see an example with the Bing Maps API. Thanks for the contribution.""
NN: "Interesting article, but unfortunately at present has a problem with all codes that make it hard to read"

Silver Award Winner


Tim Pacl The Devil is in the Details NN: "Nice article"
Ed Price: "I didn't see much of a devil, but there are a lot of details about the Details group! Great article! From Saeid in the comments: "Another great article by Tim!""


Guru Award  SQL Server General and Database Engine Technical Guru - February 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Durval Ramos Ghost "Rows" Buster in SQL Server DRC: "The article is very good and it clearly explained about how the ghost clean up works and also clears with a good example on how to manually track the ghost records in SQL database. Finally it talks about how to over the problem which uses the command DBCC FORCEGHOSTCLEANUP() which is undocumented and should not be tested on the production servers as it causes logical inconsistency in the database. "
Ed Price: "Very thorough. Good point from DRC about the undocumented/unsupported command. The comments really show how great this article is... Saeid: "Attractive title! Very informative! I shared it in our FB SQL Group." Plus compliments from Pituach and Shanky! A fantastic article! "
NN: "Very interesting article but needs some English grammar editing"

Silver Award Winner


Praveen Rayan D'sa SQL Server: Instant File Initialization Exceptions NN: "Good article"
DRC: "The article is good. MSDN blogs cover 2 scenarios and this blog covered 2 additional scenarios(checkDB, Database snapshot). Caution alignment has to be fixed. sp_readerrorlog command is undocumented and include this in caution section. "
Ed Price: "Great article with clear explanations and code formatting! I love the References section!"

Bronze Award Winner


Jayakumaur (JK) Effective use of Keyboard Shortcuts with SQL Server Management Studio DRC: "This is a good article. This links to the MSDN articles which discusses about the other shortcuts which are not discussed here. This also article also shows how to customize the shortcuts as the requirement. "
Ed Price: "Incredibly thorough! I love the "Other Keyboard Shortcuts" section!"
NN: "Very helpful tricks to improve working with SSMS"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

  • Automate Database Migration between SQL Server Instances by Ahmad Osama
    DRC: "While testing the powershell script, I am getting this error. I am able to load other modules which are already present (Import-Module vpnclient) so looks like there are some issues with this module which needs to rectified. PS C:\windows\system32> Import-Module DB-Migrate Import-Module : The specified module 'DB-Migrate' was not loaded because no valid module file was found in any module directory. At line:1 char:1 + Import-Module DB-Migrate + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ + CategoryInfo : ResourceUnavailable: (DB-Migrate:String) [Import-Module], FileNotFoundException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Modules_ModuleNotFound,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.ImportModuleCommand. If we don’t have access to the defined location, then we should have some steps to load the modules from different locations. PowerShell is a powerful tool to make things easier. Great attempt in accomplishing the day to day tasks through PowerShell. "
    Ed Price: "Good interactions in the comments. Check out DRC's found issues. Good job on the text formatting!"
    NN: "Good article - I think all 4 articles are of good quality and I can not chose between them"
Guru Award  System Center Technical Guru - February 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Mr X How to manage Pending Reboots of your AD-Integrated servers using Orchestrator Ed Price: "A fantastic use of Orchestrator!"

Silver Award Winner


ChristophMaresch SCOM 2012 VSAE – Extend Microsoft.Windows.Computer Class with Powershell and Active Directory Ed Price: "Great PowerShell script!"

Bronze Award Winner


Mr X How to suppress the system restart on devices in a Software Updates Automatic Deployment Rule Ed Price: "Short but sweet! A very good explanation from Mr X!"


Guru Award  Transact-SQL Technical Guru - February 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Jayakumaur (JK) T-SQL : Performing row wise string operations in SQL Server Samuel Lester: "Great write-up on a common forum topic, nicely presented code, well formatted, and very helpful!"
Richard Mueller: "Good explanation of the code. Perhaps we need line numbers in this case, or the explanations should be comments in the code. Should references to "holiday" be "vacation"?"
Ed Price: "Although first created in January, this article wasn't written until February. Fantastic formatting, descriptions, images, and even helpful in-code comments are what makes this article shine!"

Silver Award Winner


Himanshu Sharma T-SQL - Understanding Triggers Richard Mueller: "Great introduction and explanations. The See Also section should link to Wiki Articles."
Ed Price: "Great article content, but the text is in boxes and includes various formatting issues. Good topic!"
Samuel Lester: "Thanks for the contribution!"

Bronze Award Winner


M. Mahfoud EL HOUDAIGUI T-SQL : create and test an alert Samuel Lester: "The code for all three of the alert entries is handy, but is sorely lacking explanation, descriptions, etc. The articles have great potential to be extremely helpful with some supporting text."
Richard Mueller: "This article needs explanations and discussion. This article could have links to the others on the same subject."
Ed Price: "Good topic, but it needs text to explain each part."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  Visual C# Technical Guru - February 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Jaliya Udagedara Lock Statement in C# Ed Price: "Good explanations and great code formatting. It could benefit from a TOC."
NN: "Ok article"

Silver Award Winner


João Sousa ASP.NET MVC 5 - Routing Ed Price: "I believe this is C# code, so it fits in this category. Great job putting this all together!" 

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:


Guru Award  Wiki and Portals Technical Guru - February 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Carsten Siemens Windows Azure Portal BL: "A very substancial collection of resources, well organized. Also a very pleasing graphic design that could inspire other portals.. "
PG: "Nice article, with a massive load of information, good start as portal!"
NN: "Very good consolidation of Windows Azure articles. Needs some formatting and grammar corrections"
Richard Mueller: "A good collection of links. Because this includes external links, this should be called a Survival Guide."

Silver Award Winner


Matthew Yarlett Wiki: Format XML Markup using Notepad++ Richard Mueller: "Definitely helpful information to fix a stuborn problem."
BL: "Very structured, detailed and well illustrated answer to a real challenge. This reads like the script for a great how-to video and would be great to see that one day."
PG: "Nice article, well done!"
NN: "Good article"

Bronze Award Winner


Durval Ramos Article Spotlight Richard Mueller: "A fantastic idea to highlight these articles."
BL: "Major credit for an article that shows long term commitment to tracking to an area that really matters to the authors of the represented article. Looking forward to see the impact over time."
PG: "Nice collection of articles!"
NN: "Not clear why the Credits section gives credit to the author of the article and also relevance of articles in the See Also section to that particular article"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

  • Yammer Portal by Benoit Jester - MTFC
    NN: "Nice initiative, but most articles are just stubs. Need more information about technology"
    Richard Mueller: "A good start."
    BL: "This is a great idea that I can see really taking off as it gets more fleshed out."
    PG: "Needs bit more work and update"
  • The CodePlex Corner by Steven Andrews
    BL: "I can see this article becoming a great resource to bring the TN Wiki and Codeplex closer together, by allowing the community to discover and leverage the great work that has already been done. Something we want to watch grow over time."
    PG: "Nice start, needs a bit more work. Are you focussing on Sharepoint only, or are you collecting other technologies too? "


Guru Award  Windows Phone and Windows Store Apps Technical Guru - February 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Mcosmin A Collection of Useful MVVM Tricks Ed Price: "Great descriptions with code snippets broken out, formatted, and explained well. Great job!"
Peter Laker: "A nice collection of tips here, thanks mcosmin!"

Silver Award Winner


Isham Mohamed C# helper class for parse Foursquare venue API in Windows Phone Ed Price: "This a good topic with some good code comments, but it could benefit from formatted text and code, a TOC, and having the code broken up more with more thorough explanations."
Peter Laker: "Excellent code dump, useful topic!"


Guru Award  Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) Technical Guru - February 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Magnus (MM8) Using the Event Aggregator Pattern to Communicate Between View Models Ed Price: "Great explanations, images, and formatted code will take you through this fun journey! "
Peter Laker: "Sensational contribution as always from Magnus!"

Silver Award Winner


dev hedgehog Trick To Use A ResourceDictionary Only When In Design Mode Ed Price: "Fantastic trick with some well-formatted code snippets. Great article!"
Peter Laker: "Very nice tip dev hedgehog, thank you!!"


Guru Award  Windows Server Technical Guru - February 2014  

Gold Award Winner


NeoHypocrite Configuring a two node Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Cluster on Hyper V using iSCSI Ed Price: "Very thorough with images for each step!"
GL: "Good screenshots. I would like to see more of explanations of the parameters that are chosen."
JM: "An excellent article that many Admins will find very helpful, great work!"

Silver Award Winner


Mr X How to manage your AD-integrated servers Life Cycle in virtualized environments by using Powershell Ed Price: "A great diagram, images, and code formatting really bring this article to life"
GL: "Good information. I would like to know what determines that a VM is reaching end of life cycle. In addition, how do you replace the role that the VM is serving?"
JM: "Another excellent article, nice work."

Bronze Award Winner


Mr X How to use Powershell to notify Active Directory users about password expiry JM: "This is an excellent article, thanks for all of your contributions."
Ed Price: "Great descriptions at the top!"
GL: "The script could have more comments. The "How is the script working" section could be added directly to the script."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

  • Active Directory: Attributes in the Partial Attribute Set by Richard Mueller
    GL: "This is very good information. I would like to see a scenario where I might need to make changes to the PAS. Why is it important to know members of the PAS?"
    Ed Price: "Great explanations and "Other Resources" section!"
    JM: "This is a very good article, thanks for your contribution."
  • How to force an immediate refresh of Group Policy settings on domain-joined computers by Mr X
    JM: "Very good, to-the-point article that a lot of folks will find useful. Nice work!"
    GL: "Good information. I would add a note that says computers which are offline will not be affected and will receive Group Policy when they boot."
    PB: "This is nice!"
    Ed Price: "Great topic!"
  • Windows Server - Terminal Services - Set Default Printer with a local Script by Yagmoth555
    Ed Price: "Good topic that's well executed!"
    GL: "The script would be better if comments were included to describe what is happening. I recommend putting the instructions here."
    PB: "A great start, great subject"
    JM: "This is a good article, but it needs revision for clarity."
  • Troubleshooting - WMI quota voilation causing slow logon on domain controllers by Himanshu.rana
    JM: "This is a very good, detailed troubleshooting article. nice work!"
    Ed Price: "Could benefit from a TOC and a grammar/spelling pass. "
    Unattributed comments were: "There are many spelling errors and grammar issues."
  • Windows Server: Top Spooler Issues by Yagmoth555
    Ed Price: "Could benefit from a grammar/typo pass. Great topic with good explanations. Short but sweet. Great article!"
    JM: "This is a great article that will help print Admins."
    Unattributed comments were: "There are quite a few typos and spelling errors. I don't think adding a 32 bit driver is considered a spooler issue so the title should be adjusted."

    A huge thank you to EVERYONE who contributed an article to February's competition.

    Hopefully we will see you ALL again in March 2014's listings?


    If you haven't contributed an article for this month, and you think you can create a more useful, clever and better presented wiki article than the winners above, here's your chance! 😀


    Best regards,
    Pete Laker

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Comments (28)
  1. Durval Ramos says:

    I don’t believe!

    Thanks God. I hope that now when someone remind of the my Profile, see not just a Translator, but also a good Author.
    Thanks also to the judges and, especially for Praveen and Jayakumaur. They value this award.

  2. Durval Ramos says:

    Congratulations to all participants and especially the winners (gold, silver and bronze medal) !

  3. Congratulations, Durval! It’s great to see you rewarded for an English article! It was a big challenge, but you did it and earned a gold medal! Great job!

    Congrats to all our medal winners! There were so many great articles. I especially want to thank articles that would have won medals (but the competition was very high)…

    Especially in BizTalk (Lex, Mahesh, and Peter all had fantastic articles), in SQL Server (Ahmad did great), and in Windows Server (Richard and Philippe contributed amazing articles).

    Thanks to all our contributors for such great articles!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations to Nonki and Joe for their February contributions!

    These are the Small Basic results

  5. Congrats to our new medal winners… Majd Andoni, James Resue, Steven Andrews, Dan Christian, Jayakumaur (JK), M. Mahfoud EL HOUDAIGUI, João Sousa, and NeoHypocrite!

    Congrats to those who earned their first Gold Medals after returning… Mohit Gupta, Himanshu Sharma, Durval Ramos, and Carsten Siemens!

    And finally congrats to those who had their first medals this month… and they were gold: Nitin Gupta, Jayakumar (JK), and NeoHypocrite!

    You all did a fantastic job!

  6. In Stats News…

    Mr X and Jaliya tied with Naomi for the most Gold Medals (7):

    On the rise were Nonki (6) and Magnus (6).

    Nonki pulled into first place for the most overall Medals (14):

    On the rise were Mr X (13; pulled into 2nd place), Jaliya (12), Matthew Y (11), Steef-Jan (9), and Magnus (8).

    Great job, everyone!

  7. Shanky_621 says:

    Congratulations To Durval,Praveen and JK.Welldone guys.Durval got two medal wow!!!.Congratulations to all the authors who got medals keep up the good work.Thanks judges for review .I really like review by Samuel and DRC in SQLDB section

  8. Funky! I got my first medal! Here’s to many more. And of course, hearty congratulations to all lother winners.

  9. William Hamilton says:

    Peter, those are ZX Spectrum keys in your profile pic??!! Wow that takes me back…

  10. Saeid Hasani says:

    Congrats to all winners, specially to new ones!

  11. Congratz my friend Durval 🙂 !

  12. Recep YUKSEL says:

    Congrats all winners. Thank you your publish.

  13. Thank you Go and Ed for your compliments! And Congratulations to all the winners and contributors.
    Towards the end of the day, we are all winners since the articles we write do make a significant impact to global IT world.

  14. Congratulations all winners

  15. Congratulations all!, shall we change the title of this post into “TechNet Guru Awards – February 2014” 🙂

  16. Congratulations Steven and Dan on your medals!

    As Dan said, the true winners are the readers, the community!

  17. Jaliya, it’s 2014 already??? =^)

    I changed the title! I can’t believe we didn’t catch that! (it used to say 2013).

    Jaliya, congrats on another gold medal! You are tied for the most gold (7) and tied for 3rd place for the most medals (12). These are great accomplishments!

  18. Awesome job everyone!! Congratulations to all the winners, especially my SharePoint buddies!!

  19. Congrats Steven on your first medal! Great article!!

  20. Thanks Matt, good to get on the podium finally.

  21. Durval Ramos says:

    Ed, thanks for always motivates me and our Community !

  22. Durval Ramos says:

    Thanks Shanky, it’s nice to hear a compliment from a big winner

  23. Durval Ramos says:

    Thanks Gokan !

    I’m very glad to receive your compliment my friend.

  24. Thanks for considering my article to be in podium finish, congratulations to all the winners especially my fav SQL DB winners Durval & JK.

  25. Ed, Thank you so much for your encouraging comment!!!

  26. Durval Ramos says:

    Thanks Prav4u,

    Your article is also excellent !

  27. Congratulations and good luck for the upcoming TechNet Guru Awards – February 2014

  28. Anonymous says:

    I have the pleasure of announcing another Wiki Ninja to graduate into the MVP Award… Jaliya Udagedara

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