The Microsoft TechNet Guru Awards! (August 2014)

All the votes are in! 


And below are the results for the TechNet Guru Awards, August 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 - August 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Sandro Pereira BizTalk Server 2010: Step-by-Step to implement Unit Testing in Schemas and Maps Ed Price: "Fantastic detail on this step-by-step guide! Great job on the code commenting!"
Mandi Ohlinger: "Unit Testing - Long overdue. Another great addition from Sandro!"

Silver Award Winner


Tord G. Nordahl BizTalk Server: Debatching XML with envelope Mandi Ohlinger: "Can I get tea instead of coffee?! Well-explained from one of the best BizTalk Admins. "
Ed Price: "This is incredibly straightforward and very helpful!"

Bronze Award Winner


Johns-305 [boatseller] BizTalk: Deploying Custom Pipeline Components in BizTalk Server 2006 and Higher Mandi Ohlinger: "John - you make it look so easy. Thank you for posting this topic!"
Ed Price: "I love how you start off with the Confusion section. Fantastic article!"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:


Guru Award Forefront Identity Manager Technical Guru - August 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Ike Ugochuku FIM 2010 R2: Metaverse Attribute Flow Precedence and dealing with Blank values Ed Price: "Ike, good article! I like the concept of the Case Story, Solution Requirement, and Solution Design! Could benefit from a little more explanation of the code and from a See Also section. Great approach to this article! Check out Peter's alternate solution in the article comments."
PG: "This is an unnecessary complex procedure to solve the null import flow. The issue can be simply solved in a 2 step solution with even less code. More details in comment added to article. "


Guru Award Microsoft Azure Technical Guru - August 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Alex Mang Azure Search Client Library for .NET Framework JH: "Two words: Love it! Outstanding article about an awesome service."
Ed Price: "Fantastic explanations of the goals and code! Great article!"

Silver Award Winner


Manuel Meyer How to Set up the Adventureworks Database on Azure Sql in a Couple of Minutes JH: "Good work for a first article on TN Wiki."
Ed Price: "Great How-To article with helpful images!"

Bronze Award Winner


Abdul Rehman Aftab Server Side Validation & Modification in Microsoft Azure Mobile Services Ed Price: "Good descriptions. Please make sure you're not just writing a new version of existing documentation. We want to see your own personal experiences. Thanks for the contribution!"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:


Guru Award Microsoft Visio Technical Guru - August 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Dan Christian Build Visio 2013 diagram for SharePoint Online Ed Price: "Another astonishing article from Dan! The visuals tell the story in a clear and engaging way, and every step is described and explained! To top it off, Dan shows it all to you in two videos! Legendary article!"
AH: "Its really good article where each step is explained and screenshots are provided, Good amount of details are provided and even has references to the tutorial videos. Pretty good."
GO: "This article compliments the one in the SharePoint section"


Guru Award Miscellaneous Technical Guru - August 2014  

Gold Award Winner


saramgsilva Creating framework documentation with Ghostdoc Ed Price: "Great extension exploration from Sara! Good use of images!"
Margriet Bruggeman: "Good article that show how to create documentation using GhostDoc."
TGN: "I have never heare of GhostDoc before, I wonder why. This tool rocks, and so does the article too."
Richard Mueller: "Helpful links, but the "See Also" should have links to Wiki articles."

Silver Award Winner


Brian Nadjiwon How to add a Powershell GUI event handler with parameters Richard Mueller: "Very well explained. Needs a See Also and/or References."
Ed Price: "Great image and explanations from this one in the series that also covers praameters. Could benefit from code formatting and more of an explanation of what the code's doing. Good job!"
TGN: "great mashup. and great additions to the TN Wiki"

Bronze Award Winner


Ike Ugochuku PowerShell Scripting: Using and querying Datasets directly in PowerShell Ed Price: "Good code snippet and code formatting! Could benefit from a third person voice (less personal), more explaining the code, and a See Also section. It's a helpful addition to our TechNet Wiki community library!"
Margriet Bruggeman: "I was just looking for something like this! Great article!"
TGN: "nice addition, good work."
Richard Mueller: "First person should be avoided. Would it help to use Csv cmdlets?"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

  • How to add a Powershell GUI event handler by Brian Nadjiwon
    TGN: "easy to understand and well explained. Good job."
    Richard Mueller: "Very well explained. Needs a See Also and/or References."
    Ed Price: "Good walk through with explanations. Could benefit from code formatting. Good article!"


Guru Award SharePoint 2010 / 2013 Technical Guru - August 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Geetanjali Arora Step by Step Guide to Configure Environment for Creating your first SharePoint Hosted App Margriet Bruggeman: "Enormous detailed article!! A good step by step guide!"
Ed Price: "Great article with visual imagery! Great troubleshooting steps!"
GO: "WOW! Great article. This article has the 3 "C" in one. Clear, clever and clean. Well done!"

Silver Award Winner


Dan Christian SharePoint Online with Visio Services GO: "This is absolutely the gold medal winner! Thank you Dan, for this great article..!"
Margriet Bruggeman: "Good walkthrough for getting started with Viso Services."
Ed Price: "Incredible article! Great use of images and video!"

Bronze Award Winner


Vipul Kelkar SharePoint 2013/Office 365 : Working with Result Sources to limit search results. Margriet Bruggeman: "Very interesting article, gonna try that one out myself."
Ed Price: "Very good article! Good descriptions! Could benefit from a See Also section. Great job!"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:


Guru Award  Small Basic Technical Guru - August 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Nonki Takahashi Small Basic: How to Use MSDN Forum Ed Price: "I love it! This is a fantastically thorough overview of using the Small Basic forum! Great job!"
Michiel Van Hoorn: "This is a excellent post by Nonki and a very usefull introduction for beginners to use the MSDN forum. Really good guidance."


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

Gold Award Winner


Visakh16 Import SSIS2012 Project From Catalog Using T-SQL Script Ed Price: "Great formatting on code and images. Great descriptions! Could benefit from a TOC and a See Also section. Great job!"
PT: "Thank you for a very useful post on this newer feature. I think others will benefit from this information. The language and graphics are a little rough and can use some polish but the information is very good."
RB: "Great explanation that could be the starting point for some automation"

Silver Award Winner


Jan D'Hondt SSIS 2012 new REPLACENULL function Ed Price: "Short and sweet. Good example. Could use more explanation and a See Also section."


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

Gold Award Winner


Andy O'Neill SQL General: Pragmatic Denormalisation DRC: "This is a very nice article and can be published It discusses about DE normalization which is very much implement in real time scenarios It also provides various reasons why we should consider denormalization. Explanations provided are good but feels little complicated in few part of article (Level 300) "
AM: "Nice article but lacks of examples about why denormalization is handy in certain cases."
GO: "One of the clearest article on the WIKI. That great. Thank you!"
Ed Price: "Great job on the descriptions! To quote Samuel from the comments: "Great content and deep examples!" It could benefit from a See Also section. This is a great article!"

Silver Award Winner


Durval Ramos Freezing a Table on SQL Server GO: "I have been always a huge lover from SQL server. Especially if it comes from Durval Ramos! Thanks buddy! Well written."
Ed Price: "I love the code formatting! The images help a lot. And it's a very useful and practical topic with good depth! The References section helps! And it even has a Portuguese version!"
Samuel Lester: ""
AM: "I suggest incorporating new features like partitioning to raise the level of the article."
DRC: "This article provides details about READ-ONLY filegroup"

Bronze Award Winner


Ike Ugochuku SQL GENERAL: Select records from one table based on fields in another table AM: "It would be helpful having table schema and sample data to be able to compare to other solutions. Also, how does it compare to a simple query using NOT EXISTS and OR operators."
GO: "Well written! Thanks"
Ed Price: "Short and sweet! It could benefit from a See Also section that points to other Wiki articles. Good case overview and code formatting!"


Guru Award  System Center Technical Guru - August 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Nathan Foreman Integrating a CMDB with Operations Manager Ed Price: "Nice article! It's got a download, a whole lot of depth, good code formatting, and some helpful images! Great job!" 


Guru Award Transact-SQL Technical Guru - August 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Ronen Ariely Transact-SQL: Return DBCC output in a View Jinchun Chen: "Nice. Sometimes, it is asked to include DBCC result in a SP's return result."
JS: "Nicely formatted article with a very good coemmnts section within the code. Very helpful for many people."
Ed Price: "Great topic, descriptions, code formatting, code commenting, and the resources section is astounding! As Saeid says in the comments: "Great content and deep examples!" Amazing article!"
Richard Mueller: "Excellent references, well formated code with comments"

Silver Award Winner


Durval Ramos Adding work days using T-SQL Richard Mueller: "Excellent article with code and references. Try to avoid using firsst person."
Jinchun Chen: "Good"
JS: "You should also mention the SET DATEFIRST setting."
Ed Price: "This is a good article for less advanced T-SQL users, and that's an important audience (possibly the most important)! Great job on a clearly written article that helps with the basics! "

Bronze Award Winner


Andy O'Neill T-SQL: How to get the Latest Costs JS: "A good example, could be better by comparing the different options as well as including new techniques like WITH statements. But nice work of showing your way through."
Ed Price: "A good topic that's superbly written with descriptions and fantastic code samples! And a link to get the code in the Gallery! That's great!"
Richard Mueller: "I needed better explanation the issue and of the relationships between the tables." 

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:


Guru Award  Visual Basic Technical Guru - August 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Nonki Takahashi Versions and Tags for Visual Basic Ed Price: "Nice! Good formatting on the table! Although this isn't a technical article, it's a great resource for the community!"
Richard Mueller: "Good information in a nice table."

Silver Award Winner


Nonki Takahashi Visual Basic Portal Richard Mueller: "A wonderful collection of Wiki articles. It would help to categorize them, if possible"
Ed Price: "Very helpful for the community as well. Good job!"


Guru Award  Visual C# Technical Guru - August 2014  

Gold Award Winner


saramgsilva Analyzing C# code using NDepend

Ed Price: "Truly epic. I love the use of bold and bullets to explain concepts. The depth is astonishing. Great job!" 
Peter Laker: "Love this a lot, nice work saramgsilva! "

Silver Award Winner


Jaliya Udagedara Expression Trees - Accessing Nested Properties Ed Price: "Fantastic descriptions, thorough coverage, and strange comments! Who could ask for anything more?"
Peter Laker: Nice work Jaliya, another scorcher of an article.

Bronze Award Winner


Andy O'Neil C#: Passing parameters Ed Price: "Great job taking us through these steps!"
Peter Laker: "Top Tip as always Andy! Well worth a medal."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:


Guru Award Wiki and Portals Technical Guru - August 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Durval Ramos Office 365 Portal Ed Price: "Whoa! Woh! Wow. Wow. This is incredibly helpful! This just keeps going with great Wiki resources!"
Margriet Bruggeman: "Great collection of technet wiki articles about Office 365!"
Richard Mueller: "Excellent collection of Wiki articles, well formatted."

Silver Award Winner


Muhammad Ehsan Dynamics AX Portal Ed Price: "Good portal. Thanks for getting this started!"

Richard Mueller: "Another great addition to our collection of Portals."


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

Gold Award Winner


Carmelo La Monica Geolocation Services on Windows Phone 8. JH: "Great article with a lot of code and pictures."
Ed Price: "Incredible detail. Great formatting with bullets and bold! And great job linking to the full code on the MSDN Gallery! Good feedback discussion in the comments!"

Silver Award Winner


saramgsilva How to add marketplace review using the Cimbalino Windows Phone Toolkit (using MVVM) JH: "Good article about an important point in app development which is left out sometimes."
Ed Price: "Great topic! Very well written!"

Bronze Award Winner


mcosmin How to fix fatal exceptions when doing intensive file IO in a windows runtime app JH: "Love how-to-fix articles, but this one is missing something such as a small code snippet or example."
Ed Price: "This is a very helpful look at this problem. Thanks for the contribution!"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:


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

Gold Award Winner


Magnus (MM8) WPF: Adding Right-Aligned Row Numbers To a DataGridRowHeader Ed Price: "Although it's a complicated approach, this is a well-written articel with lots of detail, well-formatted code, and images. Great Additional Resources section to read more about the contexts!"
Peter Laker: "How very useful Magnus! Nice work!"
KJ: "agree with other comment: seems complicated"

Silver Award Winner


Manuel Meyer How to Get the Default Template of a Control in XAML? Ed Price: "Good topic, but it would be helpful to break up the code and explain it more. Helpful contributions. Thanks!"
Peter Laker: "Sweet tip Manuel! When you haven't got Blend, this is a great tool. Dig deeper here."
KJ: "classic" 

Bronze Award Winner


Andy O'Neill WPF DynamicResource ObservableCollection KJ: "good sample"
Ed Price: "Another well-written contribution with great explanations on the code snippets and fantastic formatting!"
Peter Laker: "Nice tip sheet Andy! I have something similar here if anyone's interested."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:


Guru Award Windows Server Technical Guru - August 2014  

Gold Award Winner


Mr X How to join UNIX / Linux to Active Directory Philippe Levesque: "Good article ! I like to learn new way to do it. I would maybe add a link to how to do it with samba (net ads join ...) I would love to know whats the advantage of powerbroker too over the samba method. (Like does the product offer group policy or such configuration as samba does not at this time)"
GL: "I had to figure this out once myself and it wasn't easy, so thanks for the tips."
JM: "This is a great article and will be very helpful to System Administrators"
Richard Mueller: "Great information with a good explanation of the steps." 

Silver Award Winner


Darshana Jayathilake How to downgrade domain and forest functional level(windows 2012R2/2012/2008R2) Philippe Levesque: "Good information to know."
GL: "This could be very useful information. Thanks for providing it!"
Richard Mueller: "Good explanation of the steps to downgrade FFL and DFL. We could use discussion of when someone might want to do this."
JM: "This is a very good article. Suggestions for improvement: Clean up screenshots, explain why you might want to downgrade, and revise for correct grammar"

Bronze Award Winner


Mr X How to measure the response time of your Domain Controllers when running an LDAP query JM: "This is a very good article"
Richard Mueller: "Excellent concept to measure query performance."
Philippe Levesque: "Good method to test out for AD delay in the server. A lot of product just run ping and monitor service to be sure they are not at off to see the health of the server."
GL: "This seems useful but I'd like to see a scenario stated for using it."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

  • Server 2012/2012 R2 Available CPL Commands by Darshana Jayathilake
    GL: "I like to use these shortcuts too, thanks for the list!" 
    JM: "This article would be better if you add information on what happens if you run these commands and scenarios where they are useful" 
    Richard Mueller: "Not enough content for a Wiki."

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

Hopefully we will see you ALL again in September 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! πŸ˜€

Best regards,
Pete Laker

More about the TechNet Guru Awards:


Forum posts:

Coming soon!

Comments (36)
  1. Congratulations guys!

  2. pituach says:

    Congratulations to all winners, and well done, to all contributors πŸ™‚

  3. thanks :), this will be cause for satisfaction in more to give my contribution on the Technet site, thanks again guys :), and congrats to all winners and contributors!

  4. Saeid Hasani says:

    Congrats to all Guru winners specially to Ronen, Durval and Andy!
    Hats off to all contributors!
    Thanks Pete! πŸ™‚

  5. Ed (DareDevil57) says:

    Well done everyone.

  6. Shanky_621 says:

    Congratulations to all the winners

  7. saramgsilva says:

    Nice!!! πŸ˜€ …. congrats to all

  8. Durval Ramos says:

    Congrats to all winners, especially to Ronen, Andy, Ike and Muhammad.

  9. Durval Ramos says:

    Saeid, thanks my friend !!!

  10. Durval Ramos says:

    Ed, I agree… my articles are written for less advanced users and I think that it’s more important, but not everyone thinks so. I’ll think better what to do for the upcoming Contributions. Thanks!

  11. Congratulations to all, both winners and contributors! The excitment of seeing both my Visio articles winning is just the boost I needed since I will be convering this topic at the SharePoint Saturday here in the city I live in this weekend. My special
    congratulations to both Geetanjali and Vipul!!

  12. Thanks to all the judges for their kind words. πŸ™‚ Congratulations to all who contributed and specially my favourite SharePoint category. πŸ™‚ Dan you rocked again. Great article.

  13. Congrats to all of the contributors

  14. Hassan Ahmad Khan says:

    Congrats to all of members

  15. congrats to all winners,

  16. ongrats to all winners,

  17. congrats to all winners,

  18. Congrats to all our winners. This was an amazing library of content!

  19. Durval, I think having really good intro articles is important. So it’s really great that you wrote them!

  20. Durval Ramos says:

    Ed, Thanks again!!!

    Your message gives me strength to continue helping the "pyramid base" ! =^D

    I’ve written articles "level 300" and "level 400", but I believe that several articles, but I believe that several articles level 100 help a much more significant users for all of us … The beginners.

  21. sandeep says:

    Congratzz all

  22. "Pyramid base" – Durval, this is perfect thinking! We write these really complicated articles, but we have a lot of people trying to learn the basics, and it’s great to provide strong articles for them too!

  23. Have all of our award winners here been interviewed for the "Interview with a Wiki Ninja" blog posts? Please reply if you haven’t yet!

  24. Anonymous says:

    This is piggybacking on Peter Geelen’s hilariously sarcastic blog post from last week…


  25. Great point by Ed and Durval .. πŸ™‚ They are the most important section of people who are to be addressed ..

  26. And yea .. COngrats to all the contributors πŸ™‚

  27. As always .. Gr8 collection of articles !!!

  28. Congratulations all winners

  29. 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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