The Microsoft TechNet Guru Awards! (January 2015)

All the votes are in! 


And below are the results for the TechNet Guru Awards, January 2015 !!!!


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 - January 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Steef-Jan Wiggers BizTalk Server 2013 R2 JSON support and integration with Cloud API's Ed Price: "I love this walkthrough and this topic of JSON support! The images, descriptions, and code are great. The diagrams are amazing! Great job!"

Silver Award Winner


Lex Hegt BizTalk: How to (un)deploy T-SQL scripts with BTDF Ed Price: "Fantastic How To! Great formatting on the code. Great topic. Very clear and easy to follow!"

Bronze Award Winner


Lex Hegt BizTalk: How to (un)deploy Oracle PL/SQL scripts with BTDF Ed Price: "Great job on the depth of this article and on the formatting! Ends well with the Summary and See Also."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  Forefront Identity Manager Technical Guru - January 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Borys Majewski How to keep previous attribute value(s) in Metaverse Søren Granfeldt: "Very nice article: though very specific has very good instructions"
Ed Price: "Simple but important topic with a thorough deep dive! Great job with the code, image, Reference and details. Could benefit from a TOC. Fantastic article!"

Silver Award Winner


Wim Beck FIM 2010: SSPR with one-way trust Søren Granfeldt: "Maybe a little more deep but nice article"
Ed Price: "Great topic. Good detail. Love the robust References section!"


Guru Award  Microsoft Azure Technical Guru - January 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Alex Mang Secure Your Network Connection By Using Your Own Private VPNs Hosted In Azure Alan Carlos: "Great article! This issue is of much doubt the community."
Peter Laker: "Very useful article! Thanks Alex!"
JH: "A well-written article tackling a real problem. Will try this one the next time I'm on the road. Seems to be promising."

Silver Award Winner


Chervine Using Microsoft Azure DocumentDB in an ASP.NET MVC Application JM: "End to end, well paced and educational"
JH: "Love this article and especially the technologies used by it. Would be cool to see more articles realted to DocumentDB and perhaps a complete demo application."
Peter Laker: "Great read. Lots to take from this, thanks Chervine!"

Bronze Award Winner


saramgsilva Avoid nightmares updating Azure Mobile Services projects JH: "Everybody, who has used NuGet for a while, knows that problem. Love it how this problem is tackled."
Alan Carlos: "Great tip! "
Peter Laker: "Just what I needed to read, thanks Sara!"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  Miscellaneous Technical Guru - January 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Ed Price - MSFT Skype: Messaging Features Richard Mueller: "A great overview, with features I need to try myself."
Durval Ramos: "Good article, interesting and useful content. I lack images or maybe a video demonstrating some actions"

Silver Award Winner


Chervine Visual Studio Tools for Bootstrap Alan Carlos: "Great article!"
Richard Mueller: "Great tutorial for a new tool. Good images and code examples."
Durval Ramos: "Very interesting and detailed with pictures and codes, but I believe it would be better if "Bootstrap Snippet Pack" model was fully isolated from other models: "Bootstrap Bundle" and "SideWaffle Template Pack""

Bronze Award Winner


Shanky Ways of improving user experience with MSDN forums Richard Mueller: "This article has great formatting (TOC, See Also, headings). I disagree with some of the points made."
Durval Ramos: "I liked this article, it has important tips for those using the TechNet and MSDN forums, but part of the article opens up space for discussions that are more appropriate to be made on Forums"


Guru Award  SharePoint 2010 / 2013 Technical Guru - January 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Geetanjali Arora SharePoint 2013 : An Introduction to JSLink TN: "Great article covering JSLink that really helps SharePoint developer"
Benoît Jester: "Not just an introduction! A very good explanation of JSLink!"
Ed Price: "Powerful content with deep explanations and valuable Conclusion and References sections! Fantastic article!"

Silver Award Winner


Vivek Jagga Understand _spPageContextInfo object in SharePoint TN: "Great tip"
Ed Price: "Short and sweet. This is a good resource to come back to! Could benefit from a See Also section. Great contribution!"
Benoît Jester: "Good article!"

Bronze Award Winner


Kashif Pervaiz Butt Working with version history of Multiple Lines of Text column in SharePoint Hosted Apps Benoît Jester: "Thanks for highlighting SPServices, a very useful library!"
Ed Price: "Great topic. It could benefit from more of a 3rd person "wiki like" voice than a 1st person "blog like" voice. Helpful solution with great Reference links and code formatting!"
Guru Award  Small Basic Technical Guru - January 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Nonki Takahashi Small Basic: Errors Michiel Van Hoorn: "Great article when the Small Basic IDE throws you an error. Great explainaion on the type of errors"
Ed Price: "This is incredibly helpful. I love the robust explanations and images for every error!"

Silver Award Winner


Nonki Takahashi Small Basic: Pixel Michiel Van Hoorn: "Practical artical on the Pixel function. Also explains what to expect and when it does to work."
Ed Price: "This is a great dive into pixels! Great job explaining the pixel operations!"
Guru Award  SQL BI and Power BI Technical Guru - January 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Dan Christian BI Step-by-step: Excel 2013, Azure SQL and O365 PT: "Excellent expose of several BI features for Excel 2013 & Power BI. Nicely done."
RB: "great walkthrough, very explicative !!"

Silver Award Winner


Suhas Kudekar SQL + MDX an Hybrid Query in one Apartment. RB: "interesting tip. Linked server to the rescue !!"
PT: "Thank you for sharing this interesting approach. This may be a valid approach in very rare cases but I think it's important to explain, especially to newer users, that using a linked server in this manner has severe performance implications and is not a recommended practice when there are other options; such as integrating additional data sources into the SSAS project or using a report to drill-through to details."

Bronze Award Winner


DIEGOCTN Set SSIS alert if a group of database is getting over size PT: "This is an interesting approach for managing administrative alerts. Thanks for sharing this technique."
RB: "will never use SSIS to achieve that myself, but interesting walkthrough"
Guru Award  SQL Server General and Database Engine Technical Guru - January 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Uwe Ricken SQL Server: Internals of a change of the size of a fixed data type AM: "Nice walk through the internals."
Durval Ramos: "This is a detailed solution, that is easy to understand and execute all T-SQL scripts, highlighting the results with images. Great article!"
Guru Award  System Center Technical Guru - January 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Mr X How to create an SCCM Capture Media Ed Price: "Fantastic use of images! This is a great scenario! Could be improved with a See Also section."
Peter Laker: "Very interesting read! Thanks Mr X!"

Silver Award Winner


Mike Marable Using Collection Variables to Make System Account Management Simpler with OS Deployment in SCCM 2012 Ed Price: "An important topic, but it could be improved with sections, some code formatting, and a See Also section to tie in to other Wiki articles. Still, it's very useful! Thanks!"
Peter Laker: "Needs a little work, but thanks for the tip!"
Guru Award  Transact-SQL Technical Guru - January 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Saeid Hasani T-SQL: Delete All Rows From a Table Except Top(N) Rows Durval Ramos: "Clean and easy to understand. A simple solution, but very useful!"
Richard Mueller: "Good use of TOC, See Also, and links references."
JS: "Good three samples, coming from easy one to new features. Through I am missing a conclusion at the end (maybe as summary in a table format with the time for 1000k rows of deleting compared in each of the ways and the adv / disadv briefly explained. WHat would you suggest in which situation Think about the situations people encounter deleting stuff, maybe a combination of all the solution is also helpful?"

Silver Award Winner


Patrick Hurst TSQL Calendar Functions and Tables Durval Ramos: "Useful solution, but needs to more work to organize all content and better understanding to readers"
Richard Mueller: "Useful functions/tables. We could use some links to references."
JS: "I think in this international forum we should consier making it easier for people adapting this code to their needs. Having this implementing for Canada and USA is great but a good point would be to show people where to tweak the functions in order to make them work in other countries too (like DATEFIRST, WEEKDAY names, etc.) In addition it would be great to references the easter calculation and also maybe leverage this in your own function as Easter Monday is always +1 day of Sunday, makes the code much more readable."


Guru Award  Visual Basic Technical Guru - January 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Emiliano Musso Genetic algorithm for icon generation in Visual Basic Richard Mueller: "I like the style of this article. Very creative, with a detailed explanation and references."
MR: "Great buildup of the concept!"

Silver Award Winner


Blackwood Generating Combinations MR: "Great article! Good introduction to iterators!"
Richard Mueller: "Great explanation of the concept and instructive example."

Bronze Award Winner


.paul. tictactoe MR: "Always love me a game of tic tac toe!"
Richard Mueller: "A fun exercise with good explanation."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  Visual C# Technical Guru - January 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Jaliya Udagedara Data Parallelism (Task Parallel Library) Ed Price: "Amazing! This was very well written with deep explanations, links as you go, and great images and code blocks! It also has a download link to grab the code!"
Peter Laker: "Excellent work here from Jaliya"

Silver Award Winner


Joao Sousa Contact List using MVC5, AngularJS and Redis - Part 1 - How to Setup MVC with WebApi Ed Price: "Great start to the series with clear instructions!"
Peter Laker: "The start of a fascinating series"

Bronze Award Winner


.paul. Console BlackJack cs Ed Price: "Fantastic sample! Great detail and the download link! "
Peter Laker: "Loving this great way to get hooked on coding!"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  Wiki and Portals Technical Guru - January 2015  

We had one entry. It's good, but it needs to be completed:

Guru Award  Windows Phone and Windows Store Apps Technical Guru - January 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Carmelo La Monica Part two: the Nokia Maps on Windows Phone 8. JH: "Wow, a lot of code in this one. Just waiting for the third article in this series (hope there's one)."
Nicolas Bonnet: "Great content"
Ed Price: "Another one with fantastic depth! The details and explanations really help this article come alive!" 

Silver Award Winner


Chervine Microsoft OCR Library for Windows Runtime Ed Price: " Great job with the steps, images, code formatting, code sample download, and list of Reference links! The Example code could use more of a breakdown and explanation. Great article!"
JH: "Nice one, but I'm missing a little bit of background information about OCR. Nevertheless, a good starting point."

Bronze Award Winner


saramgsilva How To Merge Source Code Generated by AppStudio

Ed Price: "Great introduction and conclusion. Could benefit from a See Also section that links to other Wiki articles. The instructions and images are incredibly well done (the red arrows are helpful). Great clarity on this article!"

JH: "Good article with a lot of pictures. Definitely worth a look if you're working with App Studio."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:


Guru Award  Windows PowerShell Technical Guru - January 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Chen V CSOM SharePoint PowerShell Reference and Example Codes Richard Mueller: "I like the links at the end (they could be in a See Also). The headings could be larger (like Heading 1)."
Alan Carlos: "Excellent!The Powershell is really powerful!" 

Silver Award Winner


DexterPOSH PowerShell + ConfigMgr Trick : Remove WMI Instances Richard Mueller: "Good to reference a forum thread. Useful information (now I know what a UDA is)." 

Bronze Award Winner


DexterPOSH PowerShell Trick : Use AD PSProvider to enable inheritance Alan Carlos: "Great tip! "
Richard Mueller: "Great explanation of the method to enable inheritance." 

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:


Guru Award  Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) Technical Guru - January 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Andy ONeill WPF: Property List Editing Ed Price: "Wow! Love the download and the resources at the end!"
Peter Laker: "Great work Andy, keep it coming!"

Silver Award Winner


Magnus (MM8) Customizing The Creation And Initialization Of Content In The Modern UI For WPF Peter Laker: "Very useful article Magnus, thanks"
Ed Price: "What an amazing article! Fantastic formatting and great topic!"


Guru Award  Windows Server Technical Guru - January 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Richard Mueller Active Directory: Fun with Maximum Password Age Mark Parris: "Very interesting article."
Ed Price: "Strong topic! The sections are well formatted and covered thoroughly. Love the Return to Top links and the robust link sections at the end!"

Silver Award Winner


Kelly Bush Controlling Object Visibility - List Object Mode in Active Directory Ed Price: "Wow! This is amazing! The Introduction builds a strong case and explains the importance well. I love how each section is clear, divided, in depth, with images and instrucitons! The Return to Top links are a nice bonus."
Mark Parris: "Very interesting article."

Bronze Award Winner


Mr X How to identify Performance issues on your domain-joined Windows computers Mark Parris: "Interesting Arcticle."
Ed Price: "Great formatting, descriptions, and conclusion! Could benefit from a See Also section at the end and more of a breakdown of the code blocks (explaining what and why). Great instructions, and it does a perfect job of digging down to the right level! Great artcile!"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Comments (26)
  1. I echo Andy ONeill’s comments.

  2. Shanky_621 says:

    Congrats ED, Uwe and Saeid for gold. Congratulations others for contribution and medals. Thank you judges for feedback

  3. I won a gold medal!!! =^)

    Big congrats go out to Steef-Jan, Borys, Alex, Geetanjali, Nonki, Dan, Uwe, Mr X, Saeid, Emiliano, Jaliya, Carmelo, Chen, Andy, and Richard!

  4. Saeid Hasani says:

    Congrats to all! 🙂
    Thank you judges!
    Congrats & Thanks to Durval Ramos for judging! 🙂

  5. pituach says:

    Congrats to all winners, and well done all contributors 🙂

  6. Lex Hegt says:

    Wow… Two medals!!! Thanks judges! Congratulations to all medal winners and contributors! Most thanks go to the judges for their ongoing effort to keep this competition alive!

  7. Congrats to all winners!!!!!!

  8. Durval Ramos says:

    Congrats to all winners, especially: Saeid, Uwe and Dan … Thanks for write SQL Server articles very useful !!!

  9. Congrats to all :), and thanks for gold medal and all judges for your feedback 🙂

  10. shouldve signed in before posting 🙂

  11. Saeid Hasani says:

    Visakh, Thanks so much buddy! Lately, I read a great article from your blog:
    "In Memory Tables vs Table Variables – Comparison"
    I think it completely fits for TN Wiki also! Hope see your next articles soon! 🙂

  12. Andy: "And remember Ed – as a very wise man once said – it’s only a virtual medal ;^)"

    Hey, are you using my own quotes against me!???!!!

    Ha! Yeah, it’s all fun. The real winner is the community. It’s always been about the community. If we can have fun, celebrate some great articles, thank the authors, and show off some awards along the way, then those are great bonuses!

    Thanks, Andy!

  13. Chen: "January 2014 or January 2015 ?"

    Chen, did this get updated? I don’t see "2014" anywhere.


  14. Chen V says:

    @Ed – yes it got updated – Thanks ! Special Thanks to Richard Mueller and Alan Carlos for judging Windows PowerShell !!! Again! congrats to all winners !!!

  15. Wow.. The gold medal already made my day. 🙂 Thanks to all the judges for their great feedback.Much appreciated. 🙂

    Congratulations to all the winners and contributors for their valuable contributions.

  16. Lex, yes, congrats on getting two BizTalk medals! You deserved them! Fantastic articles from you and Steef-Jan this month!

  17. Chervine says:

    Congrats to all!! 🙂
    Thanks to all judges for your comments and feedback!

  18. Chen V says:

    January 2014 or January 2015 ?

  19. Chen V says:

    Wooooooot!!! Congrats all!!! Excellent start of the day !!!!

  20. Saeid Hasani says:

    Shankny: "Congrats ED, Uwe and Saeid for gold"

    Thanks Shanky! I sometimes win gold but you are always a golden guy! 😉

    Ed: "Big congrats go out to Steef-Jan, Borys, Alex, Geetanjali, Nonki, Dan, Uwe, Mr X, Saeid, Emiliano, Jaliya, Carmelo, Chen, Andy, and Richard!"

    Thanks Ed! and also Big congrats to you! I see your name in the above list! 🙂

    Andy: "Without Pete there’d be no competition at all."

    It is highly appreciated! Thank you Pete! 🙂 Pete will present in TN Summit 2015 about TN GURU! I am so lucky because I could registered to be an Attendee in his conference! 🙂

  21. Andy ONeill says:

    I think the unsung heroes are the judges who put the work in.
    Thanks Judges.

    Pete thought the whole idea up, wrangled all the cats into a herd. Without Pete there’d be no competition at all.
    Thanks Pete.

    Congratulations everyone.
    There’s some great work there.

    And remember Ed – as a very wise man once said – it’s only a virtual medal ;^)

  22. Visakh says:

    Congrats Saeid, Uvve and Dan for winning gold medals
    Congrats to all others too who got awarded this time

  23. Kashif (kpbutt) says:

    Thanks and will keep the feedback in mind moving forward. Congrats to all those to won and also those who didn’t but put in their precious time to help the community.

  24. Suhas Kudekar says:

    Congratulations to all the winners and contributors for their valuable contributions.

  25. TROY WILLIAMS says:


  26. Anonymous says:

    This is a blog post. And you’re reading it.
    Do you know TechNet Wiki?
    It’s this

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