The Microsoft TechNet Guru Awards! (April 2014)

All the votes are in!


And below are the results for the TechNet Guru Awards, April 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.

Starting this month you will notice some articles are marked as failing to meet our minimum bar for quality or content.

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.

Guru Award  BizTalk Technical Guru - April 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Mohit Gupta Installing BizTalk Server 2013 on Multiple Virtual Machine on Windows Azure Mandi Ohlinger: "Really nice walk-through of the entire process!"
Sandro Pereira: "I love step-by-step installation articles. Really nice work and great idea in putting this on the Wiki!"
Ed Price: "This article gets to the heart of a very important topic! It's very clear, the images help tell the story, and the tables are very helpful! The second table could use a fomatting tweak to keep the content on the page. Fantastic article!"
TGN: "Very good, and well explained on how to create a multi-server environment in Azure"

Silver Award Winner


Ravindar Playing with wbemtest.exe tool to know about BizTalk artifacts, even passwords TGN: "Very good, and valuable article! Well explained and good formated."
Mandi Ohlinger: "More reasons to love WBEMTest!"
Ed Price: "A lot of great coverage on the wbemtest.exe tool! "
Sandro Pereira: "Nice article and one more tool to be aware"

Bronze Award Winner


Steef-Jan Wiggers Testing WCF Service endpoints hosted in BizTalk with SOAPUI Ed Price: "Steef-Jan delivers a great introduction and an article with ample explanations and good images! Plus the diagram really pops and helps explain the story here. Great article! It's amazing how much quality is coming from the BizTalk community!"
TGN: "Nice work Steef-Jan, as always well explained and easy to read and understand."
Sandro Pereira: "Important topic and well written with lot of pictures and details. Love it."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

  • BizTalk Server 2013: Familiarize your Windows server to work with BizTalk by Tord G. Nordahl
    Mandi Ohlinger: "Very nice! This topic is straight to the point and includes steps often overlooked."
    Sandro Pereira: "Tord always provided us with great tips! Good articles."
    TGN: "MY own article, not going to say anything about it.. ;)"
    Ed Price: "Short and sweet, but very thorough at the same time! Very hard to pull this off, but Tord does a great job at it!"
  • Resource Dispenser – Send Port Edition by boatseller
    Ed Price: "Great use of images to explain the instructions! "
    TGN: "Good one Boatseller, Funny way to limit resource usage, however I wouldn't do this in a production environment unless I really had to, well explained article."
  • BizTalk Administration and Monitoring - BizTalk Monitoring Automation Utility by Muhammad Ehsan
    Ed Price: "Descriptive, in depth, great code formatting, and great job with the instructions and images!"
    TGN: "Nice tool Muhammed, I can see that you've been working on this for a while. Thanks for sharing!"
    Sandro Pereira: "A different way to monitor your system. Great article and also manu tips that admin must be aware."
  • Creating a Custom Extender for an Orchestration-Based Itinerary Service by Tomasso Groenendijk
    Sandro Pereira: "I'm not a ESB fan but I always like Tomasso article, well written with lot of pictures and details, what more can we ask?"
    Ed Price: "Good use of images, great code formatting, and very thorough! This was an incredibly competitive month with so many wonderful articles!"
    TGN: "Well done Tomasso! Great article and well explained. "
Guru Award  Microsoft Azure Technical Guru - April 2014  

Gold Award Winner


João Sousa Windows Azure - Create new SQL Database Ed Price: "A good set of instructions with clear images. The sections seem a little too uneven in length. Great topic choice!"
Peter Laker: "Excellent primer! Thanks for adding this."

Silver Award Winner


Shreeharsh How to Create a Developer Virtual Machine on Microsoft Azure Ed Price: "Very important topic! Good use of images!"
Peter Laker: "Another great primer. Thank you!"

Bronze Award Winner


Markus Vilcinska AADSync Installation Guide Ed Price: "This guide is very in depth. The Before You Begin links need to be updated. The "Back to Top" links are very helpful! Great article!"
Peter Laker: "Lots of good info here!"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  Microsoft Visio Technical Guru - April 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Shreeharsh Documenting Use Cases using Visio Professional Ed Price: "The images help bring it to life! Great article!"
AH: "I think that the Article does a good job in providing information about where to find "UML Use Case" Template and gives a good incite on using some of the shapes in the tempate. Things I think the Article lacks is giving details about how one can use different shapes available in use case template that can help user develop a detailed use case diagram. For me this Article just gives me a basic information about the UML Use Case template and can be more made more technically strong."
SR: "Good article for the beginners. But taking up a good use case and creating its UML diagram with the explanation of when to use different UML shapes, could have been more useful and would have helped broader audience."
GO: "Excellent Article! As you are the only one in Microsoft Visio, you deserved the GOLD medal."
Guru Award  SharePoint 2010 / 2013 Technical Guru - April 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Rahul A Shinde SharePoint 2013: Deep integration of Yammer - Organizational chart for My Site KB: "Very well written and brilliant article! "
Jinchun Chen: "Cool."
Benoît Jester: "A GREAT article by Rahul, with a Yammer topic more and more present!"
Craig Lussier: "Great Yammer article with practical use including timely updates based on SDK changes."
GO: "Again a Yammer article! Great work!"

Silver Award Winner


Geetanjali Arora Perform Basic Admin Operations using CSOM in SharePoint Online Craig Lussier: "Well done! Useful code examples for managing SharePoint Online "
GO: "This is an excellent Article! This article was highlighted in the TechNet Wiki Award and deserves absolutely a medal!"
KB: "This is a high quality article with loads of details."
Benoît Jester: "A well explained article, and a good starting point for everyone interested in CSOM. That's why I highlighted it in my last blog post."

Bronze Award Winner


Dan Christian Building Custom Forms Using SharePoint Designer 2013 GO: "Excellent Post! Keep the great work Dan! I like your articles!"
Craig Lussier: "Bravo Dan - this article is absolutely fantastic! Very high quality walkthrough with excellent screenshots and multiple supporting videos! Great work."
Benoît Jester: "AWESOME article, well explained, with lot of images and even ... Videos! My #1 this month! Thanks Dan!"
KB: "Easy to follow, well written article."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

  • The CodePlex Corner: Sushi by Steven Andrews
    Craig Lussier: "Thank you for sharing this insight into the Sushi community project."
    GO: "Thanks for the contribution."
    BJ: "An interesting tool, even if there isn't a version dedicated to SharePoint 2013."
    KB: "As you state it yourself: it has enough literature of its own 🙂 "
  • Print specific SharePoint Fields using JQUERY by Michaelle
    Craig Lussier: "The example provided is recommended for Testing/Demo only - Nice concept."
    KB: "Looks interesting, but can you add a bit more context on why this functionality can be handy?"
    BJ: "Nice article, this functionnality beeing sometimes asked by users, with no OOTB solution."
  • Removing Old SharePoint Designer Workflow Instances with PowerShell by Steven Andrews
    KB: "This is an interesting subject that deserves more details on intro. Can you also add the code of your Powershell script and explain it briefly?"
    Craig Lussier: "Good example of synergy between the Gallery and Wiki - we would like to see more of this! Overall, this would be a useful utility script if it was wrapped up in a parameterized advanced function. In addition, please dispose of SPWeb objects with an SPAssignment object (preferably using an advanced assignment). Memory management is key."
    BJ: "A good way to prepare a migration, with a solution for cleaning all SPD workflows instances."
  • SharePoint 2013 – Workflow Management – Starting a workflow using Powershell by Jesper Arnecke
    BJ: "Useful article for managing WFs, the code should be formatted for a better visibility."
    KB: "Interesting subject that deserves more details as introduction of the script."
    Craig Lussier: "Please be careful - posted code requires structural refinement to successfully execute. Consider wrapping the code up in a parameterized advanced function for ease of use. In addition, please dispose of SPWeb objects with an SPAssignment object (preferably using an advanced assignment). Memory management is key."
  • SharePoint: PowerShell Runas by Matthew Yarlett
    KB: "Very interesting and detailed article! "
    BJ: "As always with Matthew, a useful article with great explanations and formatted code!"
    Craig Lussier: "While the snippets of PowerShell are certainly useful within the context of SharePoint, the scope and focus of this Wiki is PowerShell not SharePoint."
Guru Award  Small Basic Technical Guru - April 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Nonki History of Microsoft Small Basic RZ: "This is very impressive. Though not technical in nature, those are invaluable information!"
Ed Price: "I'll jump in and comment but not vote (we had enough voting but not comments). This is a nice jump into the history of Small Basic! I sweetened it up a bit by adding the Blogs and Books sections. After we get all the major blog posts in there with the links, it will act as a really fun trip into the history of Small Basic! A great idea that would be fun for any product!" 

Silver Award Winner


Nonki Small Basic: Default Value MH: "Great overview on the default values of the Smallbasic IDE. Good point for awareness too, since those values impact the way you work with the IDE."
RZ: "Very useful info. This is true for any programming language, not just SB."
Ed Price: "This lists the default values for all the methods with associated parameters! A great reference that people will want to return to!"

Bronze Award Winner


Nonki Small Basic: Object Ed Price: "Objects are key for Small Basic. This article does a great job visually showing some UI-related details. And then I helped sweeten it a bit by linking each object in the Object List to its reference page (also on TechNet Wiki). So it's a nice overview. Great article!"
MH: "Good basic explanation of the concept of Objects in Smallbasic and a handy overview of which we have. Hopefully we can add more."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

  • Small Basic Community Council: Focus Areas by Ed Price
    RZ: "It's great to kick off the community council"
    Ed Price: "It's great to see the Small Basic Community Council come together and divide up a lot of these opportunities to bring Small Basic out into the community and to help it shine! Thanks to all the council members, including Nonki!"
  • Features of Microsoft Small Basic v1.0 by Nonki
    MH: "Nice introduction on the features."
    Ed Price: "This is pretty cool. A great overview of Small Basic 1.0! It might be good to list more of the UI buttons in a way similar to how a user navigates them. Great article with good formatting!"
  • Small Basic Community Council by Ed Price
    Ed Price: "And then this article gives the basics of what the Small Basic Community Council does and who's on it. The "Focus Areas" article breaks down what each person is doing."
Guru Award  SQL BI and Power BI Technical Guru - April 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Michael Amadi Creating friendly week names in Power Pivot and SSAS Tabular models with DAX Ed Price: "Great formatting with an amazing level of detail!"
PT: "Very useful technique that has real-world application. This is well-written and easy to follow."
NN: "Great article, easy to understand and follow"

Silver Award Winner


TC0098 Power Pivot DAX: SUMX - Application on Price and Quantity Effect Analysis PT: "This is good explanation of an important topic that's not well-understood by a lot of users. Language can be clean-up some. Example: "Date" and "Data" are confused at the end."
NN: "Very interesting article"
Ed Price: "This is a fun scenario to use as an example!"

Bronze Award Winner


S Kamath Hide/Unhide a Measure irrespective of 'IgnoreUnrelatedDimensions' Property of its Measure Group Ed Price: "Great detail and use of code! Could benefit from a TOC, section headers, and left-justified sections at the top. Great article!"
NN: "Quite interesting"

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

Gold Award Winner


Ronen Ariely Installing SQL 2014 Step by Step Tutorial Ed Price: "Who wouldn't want to install SQL Server 2014? Especially if you have it! Incredibly helpful guide that's very well executed! Great job!"
NN: "Very good tutorial, but it assumes that everything is going to run smoothly. It does not explain what to do if any of the steps fail"
DRC: "• This contains all the screen shot for the SQL Server installation. • It also provides the links for best practices for every step. • This is a good article and can be published."
GO: "Clear and Simple step by step! Maybe a comparasion with SQL 2012/2008 should be included to explain the differences?"

Silver Award Winner


Durval Ramos Importing an Excel Spreadsheet into a SQL Server Database GO: "Amazing Durval! Excellent Article. I realy like your "Importing an Excel Spreadsheet into a SQL Server Database" article. It has a TOC, images and has been written in a well explained Engliish. A GOLD WINNER!"
DRC: "• This article is good and provides all the required query to enable the setting to make this working. . This also talks about the addition requirement for 32 bit and 64 bit implementation."
DB: "It is unsupported to use the ACE driver in a linked server. Instead use SSIS."
Ed Price: "A little debate as to whether this is a BI article and because this scenario isn't supported (SSIS is the supported solution), but regardless, it's a method that's possible and the article is very well writen!"
NN: "Good and clear article. I am not sure about the first reference in See Also - it doesn't seem to be relevant. It may be better to include link to SQL DB Engine portal"

Bronze Award Winner


Praveen Rayan D'sa find Enterprise-only features in your database NN: "Interesting article. I suggest to use Code block for code samples rather than images"
GO: "Clear article."
DRC: "• This is a good article. • This provided details about the usage of the DMV and the sample output. • It also provides links for related articles • This article can be improved by providing the Queries in text format so that the user can copy paste the code and the output can remain on screen shot. Or he can share all the queries on the skydrive and provide link to download it. "
Ed Price: "While it could use a refined formatting on the font type and the images (making it clearer where the image starts/stops), this article is very helpful, clearly written, and the references are excellent!"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

  • Mis-Understanding of Truncate command by V.Vt
    Ed Price: "A great explanation of Truncate! "
    NN: "Quite interesting exploration of truncate command"
    GO: "Thanks."
    DRC: "• This article talks about roll-back of a truncate command. • This is possible only when you run the truncate command in an “Explicit Transaction”. • The roll-back works just fine like any other roll-back operation(Didn’t understand the significance for this particular scenario) • Moreover we do even need to use the “undocumented function- fn_dblog()” to show the roll back outcome, a simple row count statement was enough. • This doesn’t provide the link for MSDN article of “Truncate” TSQL command which has a very clear explanation. "

Guru Award  System Center Technical Guru - April 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Matthias Heil The System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager Survival Guide Ed Price: "Very thorough survivial guide. I know the community will keep coming back to use this!"

Silver Award Winner


Ivan Kovac Improve Service Level Tracking Summary Report AB: "Good info around a important topic. "
Ed Price: "Great topic. Very clear!"

Bronze Award Winner


Mr X How to remove netlogon.log content on all Domain Controllers within an AD domain using Orchestrator Ed Price: "Great formatting and images. It even has a strategic use of bold in the article! The conclusion helps a lot."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  Transact-SQL Technical Guru - April 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Naomi N Searching All Columns in a Table for a String MP: "An excellent writeup with lot of hands-on code. Will be very useful and handy in situtions where I have to search some information hidden in columns, tables or whole database. Thanks."
Ed Price: "Great code, formatting, and very well written! There is another popular article on this topic from 2002 (, that should be referenced here (it's short and sweet; while your article is a bit more thorough). Also, this article could be improved by more code commenting and more descriptions of what the code is doing. Then, to build on the existing article from Narayana and take it to the next level, this one could include a debug option for people being cautious about a procedure executing stuff on their computer. And many people would want to get the query that is executed first and then execute it on their own. A debug switch for the procedure would be great! And setting the procedure as a system procedure, making it available for all the database! Maybe those could be topics for a sequel to this article? Regardless, this one was very thorough and very well crafted!"
Richard Mueller: "An advanced topic that covers very useful seach scenarios. Lots of great code examples."
DB: "Good exposition for a common request." 

Silver Award Winner


Ronen Ariely Same Query on Different SQL Server Versions MP: "A good writeup citing difference in how SQL Server 2012 and earlier versions behave while inserting records in a table. Yes in 2012+ the INSERT operation is optimized by the removing the unwanted SORT operation. And you are right, actually it does not matter in what specific order you enter records in a table. As, a table is just a SET, and it does not gurantee retrival or records in the same manner as you inserted. Thus it is important to use an ORDER BY clause whenever you want specific ordering of records, while selecting/retriving form a table. Thanks."
Ed Price: "As usual, Pituach delivers a very well articulated article with great code snippets and images! There are a few hot-topic issues that Ronen addresses clearly in the comments (MP also addresses them in the judge comments)! So thanks for going the extra mile! Perhaps it could benefit from more links/references out to great existing TechNet Library articles. One thing that really shows the detail here is that Ronen must have put a "float:left" img style on the HTML of one image to get the text to format on the right and then aligned it perfectly with the image! Great attention to detail! "
Richard Mueller: "Very useful for comparing performance of SQL versions. Grammar needs work."

Bronze Award Winner


Visakh16 Get WeekDay Number of the Month for a date JS: "As from the description t was hard to figure out what the real purpose is of the solution. I needed to read the whole article in order to get it. In addition the code could have been a bit more commented in orde o see how this works. I cannot remember any project where I could have needed this, but it seems that this seems to be usable in some cases ;-)"
DB: "Good, but very narrow case."
MP: "Nice article and a ready made Function for me whenever I would need to get WeekDay number of a date. Thanks."
Ed Price: "As Sundaraguru mentions in the comments, this is a helpful function (niche topic, but very helpful)! Short and sweet with good descriptions and great formatting! As JS mentions in the judge notes, it could benefit from the introduction explaining its purpose more clearly, from more code commenting, and from more explanations of what the code is doing. Great job on the See Also section and formatting the code and sections!"
Richard Mueller: "We should see example output. I think there are better ways to do this."
Guru Award  Visual Basic Technical Guru - April 2014  

Gold Award Winner


.paul. masterMind SB: "A nice article with code. Would like to see it implementation in newer platforms (win8, phone) but winforms is just simpler to show examples. Great narrative with code allowing reader to follow process and reasoning. "
MR: "Fun game and good article! Good description of design. A little formatting and its great!"
GO: "GREAT! Nicely done. Finally a DEV article in TechNet! Thanks for your input."
Richard Mueller: "Great images and code, with good examples and explanation. Well done."
Anthony D. Green: "Nice! A fun example. I really like the code colorization, it looks much better and closer to the VS experience than what usually appears in TechNet articles. "
Guru Award  Visual C# Technical Guru - April 2014  

Gold Award Winner


João Sousa ASP.NET MVC 5 - Connect Ed Price: "Very important topic! Great use of the TOC and section headers. Clean images at a perfect size! Good white spacing and instructions make this very easy to read. The headers as Steps is a great idea--very easy and fun to follow! The Resources section at the bottom is great. Perfect formatting on your Code Sample section at the bottom! This is very professional!"
NN: "Nice tutorial"
Scott: "The tutorial is very detailed and easy to follow. Great work!"

Silver Award Winner


Shreeharsh  Easy Code Refactoring using Visual C# Ed Price: "Fantastic formatting on the code and images! The indented images really helps make them pop! Great division of sections for quick access via the TOC. Nice topic that applies to a lot of people! And good use of the MSDN Code Gallery with the Code Sample section at the bottom."
NN: "Very nice remainder about Refactoring code using VS Tooling features"
Scott: "The article gives a great coverage of refactoring tools in Visual Studio"

Bronze Award Winner


Jaliya Udagedara Writing Data in Excel File into a Database using a DataSet and SqlBulkCopy Ed Price: "As .paul. wrote in the comments, "Good, informative article!" Great formatting on the code! Could benefit from a TOC and a bit more explanation. There's a good discussion in the comments about putting Code Samples in the MSDN Gallery. This is a common and helfpul scenario! Great article!"
Scott: "Very nice article, but you may consider sharing the sample on MSDN Samples Gallery."
NN: "This article has certain problems. It doesn't use parameters when it should. It also doesn't show more complex case of multiple sheets in the Excel file. It also assumes that the structure of the Excel file is known in advance"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  Wiki and Portals Technical Guru - April 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Durval Ramos PowerShell Portal NN: "Great new Portal, lots of article in various categories"
GO: "This PowerShell Portal is just Amazing. Thanks Durval!"
PG: "Extensive collection of articles, but still some work for mining the Wiki correctly and tagging the Powershell articles consistently."
Richard Mueller: "Very good collection of articles on an important topic. And already translated!"

Silver Award Winner


Dan Christian Wiki: How to record and add videos to your TechNet Wiki PG: "Nice work, good article, with very practical hints & tips!"
Richard Mueller: "Very useful information, and well explained. Lots of great images and videos."
NN: "Good article. Misses See Also section"
GO: "I don't think this is a portal"

Bronze Award Winner


Ed Price Power BI Portal GO: "Ed, your Power BI is also great, but I prefere the Portal of Durval. Still Well done!"
Richard Mueller: "Excellent collection of articles. A great addition to the Wiki."
NN: "Good Portal. Needs fixing in formatting and more links in See Also section"
PG: "Nice collection of articles, but still some work for mining the Wiki and tagging the Power BI articles more accurately."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

  • Wiki: Article List for Proofreading Grammar by Ronen Ariely
    PG: "Very nice, but simple article! But a very nice initiative to improve the Wiki!"
    NN: "I am not sure about this as a good idea. So far I see only author's article in this article"
    GO: "I don't think this is a portal"
    Richard Mueller: "A very useful idea to improve the quality of articles in the Wiki."
Guru Award  Windows Phone and Windows Store Apps Technical Guru - April 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Damien Allan Add Achievements to Your Windows 8.1 Game (C#/XAML) Ed Price: "Adding achievements to your game??? Who wouldn't want that? Incredibly well executed with a diagram, images, and code. Amazing article!"
Peter Laker: "Fantastic article, full of win. Great content, great format."

Silver Award Winner


SubramanyamRaju Windows Phone 8 Maps API :Making Custom PushPin With Custom Tooltip (C# - XAML) Peter Laker: "Great subject, good presentation."
Ed Price: "Great formatting on this series! I love the layout and the method of teaching that you use! I especially love this topic because I see pushpins as a fun UI feature that has a lot of great uses!"

Bronze Award Winner


Dave Smits Create tile images in Windows Store Apps Ed Price: "Powerful topic that's clearly laid out. Could benefit from a TOC and section headers. Great job!"
Peter Laker: "Nice info, very useful! Thanks Dave!"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

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

Gold Award Winner


Magnus (MM8) Changing The Background Color Of a ComboBox In WPF On Windows 8 Ed Price: "Fantastic article, Magnus! Good topic, code formatting, explanations, images, and TOC with headers. Professionally executed!!!"
KJ: "I thought it was useful that the author called out that there is special work that must be done for Windows 9"
Peter Laker: "Another deserved gold for Magnus!"
Guru Award  Windows Server Technical Guru - April 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Mr X How to provide a temporary and secure administrative access to AD-integrated Critical Systems and Applications by combining the use of AD DS Fine-Grained Password Policies and Orchestrator JM: "Truly excellent article, thanks for your efforts"
Ed Price: "What a professional article! The Introduction is thorough, the Scenario gives great insight, the Solution lays it out with an explanation and an amazing diagram, and the Implementation is full of great details, images, and code snippets! Then several supporting topics round it off! Truly amazing! "
GO: "This is an excellent article! I realy enjoyed reading it!"
PL: "Good article. I like the layout and the technical content in it."
Richard Mueller: "This article covers an advanced topic with detailed steps. Interesting solution to use Orchestrator to automate the process."
GL: "Nice explanation, very useful. It would be helpful to have links to a 'how to' for getting and installing Orchestrator."
JH: "very advanced info, good conceptual diagrams. "

Silver Award Winner


Mahdi Tehrani Detailed Concepts: Lingering Objects in Active Directory and How To's? PL: "Good article and it explain some deep AD concept in a easy way"
JH: "Clear explanation of a complex problem and steps to correct it"
GL: "Very well organized and explained."
Ed Price: "The diagrams really pop! Great topic!"
Richard Mueller: "A very important concept. This article needs links and references. A discussion of USN's would be valuable."

Bronze Award Winner


Denis Cooper Active Directory Back to Basics : Password policies Ed Price: "I love overview topics like this that hit the topic from several angles! This kind of article really feels like it's intended for a wiki with lots of great viewpoints and slices into password policies! "
GO: "Thanks again! This deserves absolutely a Medal!"
PL: "Good article, I like how it good deep (with new Win2008R2 concept)"
JM: "Really a great article on password policies, thanks for your contribution"
Richard Mueller: "Valuable explantion of important concepts. Grammar can be improved and links would help."
GL: "Good explanation, well organized."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

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

Hopefully we will see you ALL again in May 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 (31)

  1. Shanky_621 says:

    Congrats to Ronen, Durval and Praveen…congrats to other winners too…great job guys.

  2. Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you to all that contributed.

  3. Congratulations to all the Winners!

  4. Congrats to all winners …

  5. Durval Ramos says:

    Thanks Shanky, I also thanks to Ronen and Praveen to improve the level of this award with good articles

  6. Durval Ramos says:

    Thanks Dan and Ed to create differentiated articles to our Community. These articles add even more value to my gold medal.

  7. Durval Ramos says:

    Thanks Gokan, remind me later to pay a beer for you!!! Ed, it was only joke… =^D

  8. Awesome job everyone! Some great articles this month! Great work SharePoint Dan, two medals!!

  9. pituach says:

    Thanks for the feedbacks (Shanky, Durval, all voters…) and congrats to all winners and publishers!

  10. Congrats to all winners. Keep great going.

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  12. Congratulations to all!
    Thansk Druval and Matthew!, I couldn’t ask for a better birthday (which is today) gift than winning two articles at once.

  13. Durval Ramos says:

    Dan, congrats again!! Happy Birthday

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  15. Joe Egan says:

    Very cool program – surprised that I have never noticed it before. Congratulations to all the April 2014 winners!

  16. I won my first medal!

    Nonki took home the triple threat in Small Basic! I tried to stop him! =^)

    Special thanks to Nonki for providing some sweet Small Basic content!

  17. This month’s multiple award winners:
    Shreeharsh – 3 (Gold, Silver, Silver)
    Nonki – 3 (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
    João Sousa – 2 (Gold, Gold)
    Durval – 2 (Gold, Silver)
    Ronen Ariely – 2 (Gold, SIlver)
    Mr X – 2 (Gold, Bronze)
    Dan Christian – 2 (Silver, Bronze)

    Congrats to all our contributors!

  18. congrats all! keep it going!!

    thanks Ed – you are my idol 🙂

  19. This is awesome, thanks to those who contributed, and also thanks Ed for owning so much of this Wiki!

  20. Shanky_621 says:

    Ed I guess medal won be able to portray amount of arduous work and time you spend on making technet wiki an Utopia of SQL server articles. I guess you indeed need something bigger. Congrats for your medal 😀

  21. Seriously, 21 Gold achievements. Ed Price wins.

  22. Shanky, ha! Well, I want to make it a challenge by competing a little. I can’t let everyone else always have the fun!

  23. Anonymous says:

    Pingback from Got Silver Medal for “BizTalk Tech Guru” competetion for the month of April « Ravindar, Biztalk Developer and Administrator

  24. Anonymous says:

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

  25. thank you
    The Microsoft TechNet Guru Awards! (April 2014)

  26. Anonymous says:

    History of TechNet Guru
    First of all, if you don’t know the history of TechNet Guru, then you

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