The Microsoft TechNet Guru Awards! (February 2015)

All the votes are in! 


And below are the results for the TechNet Guru Awards, February 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 - February 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Steef-Jan Wiggers BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Instrumenting a custom pipeline component with ETW Mandi Ohlinger: "Always a fan of helping our custom pipeline users. Great addition to this group."
Sandro Pereira: "Images, format, descriptions, code and topic are excellent once again good work Steef-Jan."

Silver Award Winner


Vignesh Sukumar BizTalk BAM (Business Activity Monitoring) Sandro Pereira: "Great job on this article! Well explained and nice pictures, however the article format need to be improved and some proofreading is need"
Mandi Ohlinger: "Welcome to the 'I heart BAM' fan club. Nice job on this topic. A MUST read for new-to-BAM users. "

Bronze Award Winner


Steef-Jan Wiggers BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Instrumenting BAM Activity Tracking with ETW Sandro Pereira: "Images, format, descriptions, code and topic are excellent once again good work Steef-Jan."
Mandi Ohlinger: "ETW for BAM Activities - LOVE it. Nice use of the Framework. "
Guru Award  Forefront Identity Manager Technical Guru - February 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Wim Beck FIM2010: Filter objects on export PG: "Simple, targeted but nice article, nice layout. "
Søren Granfeldt: "Nice. Would be perfect with a complete code sample."
Guru Award  Microsoft Azure Technical Guru - February 2015  

Gold Award Winner


saramgsilva Azure Mobile Services: How to see the log files in server JH: "Log files are one of the most important things in a production environment. This article shows hows you can do that for the Azure Mobile Services in a nice and easy way."
Alan Carlos: "Great article!"
Ed Price: "Very useful topic! These are a great set of articles!"

Silver Award Winner


saramgsilva Azure Mobile Services: How to see the WebConfig file published Ed Price: "Great detail and fantastic use of images! I love all the in-line links!"
JH: "Sometimes it is hard to tell when working in a multi-environment what configuration was published to the Server. The article shows short and easy how to do that for the Azure Mobile Services."
Guru Award  Miscellaneous Technical Guru - February 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Arleta Wanat Retrieve all site mailboxes in your Office 365 tenant Durval Ramos: "This article has a well content, images and code that help to understand the solution. It has References and was Translated into more two languages. Good job!"
Richard Mueller: "Good links. A great tutorial."

Silver Award Winner


Andy ONeill Silverlight: No Need to BringIntoView Durval Ramos: "A well formatted article is easier and more pleasant to read. This script is useful"
Richard Mueller: "Good demonstration of a new feature."

Bronze Award Winner


Chen V PowerShell : Enable Auto Reply for Shared Mail Box Durval Ramos: " A good solution originated of TechNet Forum. The script and images make it easy to understand and ensure you get the best interest to reader."
Richard Mueller: "Good documentation of this feature."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  SharePoint 2010 / 2013 Technical Guru - February 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Geetanjali Arora SharePoint Online : Performing Batch Operations using REST API KB: "Very well explained article on a new and much awaited feature. Although Andrew Connell already explained this topic in several posts, this article still contains added value."
Ed Price: "I love the History section. The formatting is amazing. And the References and See Also sections at the bottom are great icing on the cake. This is an important topic that's done incredibly well!"

Silver Award Winner


Matthew Yarlett Using the SpellCheck Webservice with the TinyMCE Richtext Editor and AngularJS in Office 365 KB: "I read this article with growing interest, it contains a lot of added value. Very well and in-depth explanation. "
Ed Price: "Great scenario! Good use of images, code, detail, and References! Could possibly use a greater breakdown and explanation of the code. This article just gets more and more interesting and valuable as you read it! Great job!"

Bronze Award Winner


Arleta Wanat SharePoint Online: Turn on support for multiple content types in a list or library using Powershell KB: "Really nice, interesting and detailed article!"
Ed Price: "The Content Types section helps explain this a lot! I also love the downloads at the end. What a fantastic resource!"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  Small Basic Technical Guru - February 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Nonki Takahashi Small Basic: Key Input Michiel Van Hoorn: "Great improvement."
RZ: "Very nice explanation and examples of key input handling"

Silver Award Winner


Ed Price - MSFT Small Basic: The History of the Logo Turtle RZ: "Turtle (Logo) was the first programming language for many, including perhaps some of the Small Basic prorammers. Nice article explaining the history."
Michiel Van Hoorn: "A nice background article and hopefull inspiration for those who want to start in robotics"

Bronze Award Winner


Nonki Takahashi Small Basic: TechNet Wiki Article List Michiel Van Hoorn: "This is great! Perfect as a local cache of the articles. "
RZ: "A good example"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  SQL BI and Power BI Technical Guru - February 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Sylvain PONTOREAU PowerBI API in .Net RB: "Great walkthrough. Looking forward for the WP8 version of the app ;)"
PT: "Sylvain, very nice job with this. This is a timely topic about an emerging product that has great potential. This is a very good example of a well-written post on an interesting subject with enough information to be valuable to a solution developer. I will personally take time to explore the Power BI API and use your examples. "
Guru Award  SQL Server General and Database Engine Technical Guru - February 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Ronen Ariely SQL Server Books Online AM: "Thank you for sharing this with us. It is quite informative and let us get familiar with BOL after the change from previous versins."
Ed Price: "Nice! A very helpful introduction to Books Online! It also tells my technical writer friends that their hard work is appreciated! =^)"

Silver Award Winner


Durval Ramos How to Collect Events and Errors on SQL Server Ed Price: "Fantastic solution! A great resource that's amazingly well written with formatting, clear parameters, images, References, and a See Also section! And it even comes in Portuguese! Great article!"
AM: "Thank you for sharing this with us. A good source to learn about our SQL Server instances. "
Guru Award  System Center Technical Guru - February 2015  

Gold Award Winner


MarkusEliasson Troubleshoot ID 32008: DPM cannot protect this SharePoint farm... Ed Price: "An important topic that's very clear with great formatting and a good use of an image!"

Silver Award Winner Managing Priorities of Client Polices and A/V Policies in SCCM Ed Price: "I love the descriptions, breakdown of sections, and code formatting! Great article!" 

Bronze Award Winner


Mr X How to copy SMSTS.log when a Task Sequence fails in SCCM Ed Price: "A very helpful table and a good contribution to the community! Mr X again thinks of important content gaps to fill!"
Guru Award  Transact-SQL Technical Guru - February 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Saeid Hasani T-SQL: How the Order of Elements in the ORDER BY Clause Implemented in the Output Result Durval Ramos: "Very well structured and with examples that clarify how a T-SQL statement can change the data output order."
Richard Mueller: "Good use of Wiki guidelines and great examples."

Silver Award Winner


Ronen Ariely Free E-Books about SQL and Transact-SQL languages Richard Mueller: "An excellent collection and a great idea."
Durval Ramos: "A good initiative. Very useful !!!"

Bronze Award Winner


Ricardo Lacerda Declare Cursor (Transact-SQL) versus Window with Over - Running Totals - Accumulated Earnings Durval Ramos: "The "Window function" sample was well presented, but it was unclear how the chart was generated."
Richard Mueller: "A new idea that can be very useful. Grammar needs work"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  Visual Basic Technical Guru - February 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Emiliano Musso Genetic algorithm to solve 2D Mazes in Visual Basic MR: "Great article! Love to see an application for AI in a simple game"
Durval Ramos: "This article is well documented with images and your code clarifying important details. It also has References, a very useful video and your project available for download in "MSDN Code" !"
Richard Mueller: "Incredible concept and code. Grammar needs work."

Silver Award Winner


Paul Ishak MultiHeadedTrackBar Control Durval Ramos: "Very interesting article, with methods and properties well documented. Your project was available in "MSDN Code" which facilitates the understanding of solution."
Richard Mueller: "Amazing work. Extensive code but with lots of comments. Needs a TOC"

Bronze Award Winner


tommytwotrain Using Trigonometry to draw graphic curves in VB.NET part 2. MR: "Great continuation. Love the usage of the code for circle text"
Durval Ramos: "The article is interesting, but It's need to work better commenting about assemblies referenced on project and also structure your content into sections."
Richard Mueller: "Good tutorial and example code demonstrating basic concepts. Avoid first person."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  Visual C# Technical Guru - February 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Magnus (MM8) C#: Enumerating collections that change Jaliya Udagedara: "Great article. Has a thorough and to the point explanation of problem and the solution with code samples. Loved it!"
Carmelo La Monica: "Very useful and exhaustive about errors at runtime in these circumstances. Congratulations"

Silver Award Winner


Andy ONeill c#: Practical Poly Carmelo La Monica: "Fantastic artcle. Very detailed and exhaustive, congratulations ."
Jaliya Udagedara: "Definitely worth reading this. Explains somewhat advance topic along with a fundamental concept of programming. "
Guru Award  Wiki and Portals Technical Guru - February 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Durval Ramos Wiki: Microsoft Short URLs Personalized by SXP PG: "Nice idea, lots of potential to grow, really needs some more community attention."
Richard Mueller: "An excellent idea. Good use of Wiki guidelines."
Guru Award  Windows Phone and Windows Store Apps Technical Guru - February 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Carmelo La Monica Windows Phone 8: control Nokia Maps (Part 3) JH: "Part 3 of the series how to work with the Nokia maps control. As the previous articles this one contains a lot of code snippets and some pictures. Good work!"
Ed Price: "A great topic, a fantastic breakdown of sections with clear descriptions, and a nice mix of code formatting and helpful images! Another stellar article from Carmelo! Great job including the link back at the end to the portal article!"
Guru Award  Windows PowerShell Technical Guru - February 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Richard Mueller Document Your Active Directory Organization Alan Carlos: "Wow! Great article, congratulations!!! Very detailed!"
Chen V: "Excellent Article - I liked return to top as well."
Ed Price: "Wow! It's like a professional whitepaper! It's a valuable topic that's done with intricate detail! I love the images, diagrams, code blocks, and it ends very well with more resources and Wiki articles! The article just keeps digging deeper and deeper! Awesome job on this!"

Silver Award Winner


DexterPOSH PowerShell + REST API : Invoke-RestMethod Gotcha Chen V: "Good Article. TOC might have made this more rich! "
Ed Price: "This is a good topic with some great content. It could benefit from sections and a TOC, as well as a References and See Also sections at the end. The inline links are helpful. Could "

Bronze Award Winner


DexterPOSH PowerShell Trick : Search & highlight text in MS Word Ed Price: "This is a great solution, with some helpful Q&A in the comments!"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

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

Gold Award Winner


Andy ONeill Lookless Controls KJ: "WPF can definitely be confusing when devs first encounter it. Like the way you break it down."
Ed Price: "Wow! Fantastic explanations that are very clear and deep! The images and code bring it to life!"

Silver Award Winner


Andy ONeill Only One Parent KJ: "Same iwith this one, good 101 intro"
Ed Price: "Another great tip! I love the detail here as well! Those snippets help a lot!"

Bronze Award Winner


Andy ONeill Bind to Current Item of Collection KJ: "Feel like this topic has a lot of coverage out there, but it can't hurt to hammer on databinding yet one more time 🙂 "
Ed Price: "Fantastic topic with great execution! Although these could benefit from References and See Also wiki sections at the end, the Inline links help a lot!"
Guru Award  Windows Server Technical Guru - February 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Mr X Ping for Beginners Mark Parris: "A good introduction with additional content."
JM: "Great article idea and an excellent article that will be useful to many, thanks for your contribution."
Philippe Levesque: "Good article that show a usefull utility for basic troubleshooting"

Silver Award Winner


Richard Mueller Active Directory: Get-ADFineGrainedPasswordPolicy Default and Extended Properties Mark Parris: "An Interesting insight on FGPP and their extended properties."
JM: "This is a good piece of detailed information about this PowerShell cmdlet, thanks for sharing."
Philippe Levesque: "Great article ! Illustrating some cmdlet's output when a user got assigned policy versus a user with the default domain policy could be a good idea."

Bronze Award Winner


Richard Mueller Active Directory: Get-ADServiceAccount Default and Extended Properties Mark Parris: "A useful nugget of information."
JM: "More very useful information about an AD cmdlet, thanks!"
Philippe Levesque: "Good article !"

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

Hopefully we will see you ALL again in March 2015'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 (27)
  1. Chen V says:

    Congratulations to all Winners!!!

  2. Thank you judges. You guys are awesome. 🙂

    Hearty congratulations to all !!!

  3. In Small Basic, Nonki beat me out for the Gold Medal! Congratulations, Nonki!

  4. Andy ONeill says:

    Congratulations all.

  5. Congratulations to all the winners!
    I was overwhelmed with the SharePoint 2010/2013 entries for Feb 2015. We have some great talent here and I thank them for sharing their ideas.

  6. congratulations to all the winners & other contributors as well.

  7. Congrats to Steef-Jan, Wim, Sara, Andy O’Neil, Geetanjali, Arleta, Mr X, Richard M, Nonki, Durval, Carmelo, Magnus, Emiliano, Ronen/Pituach, Saeid, Markus, and Silvain.

    What a fantastic and competitive month! Great job, everyone!

  8. Thanks you judges 🙂 , Congrats to all 🙂

  9. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Saeid Hasani says:

    Congrats to all!
    Thanks Ed and Durval! 🙂
    Thanks Pete for sharing this in the middle of the summit!!! 🙂

  11. Congratulations to all :), Keep Rising n Shining !!!

  12. Anand Khanse says:

    Awesome! Congratulations to all the winners. 🙂

  13. Great job!! Special Congratulations to SharePoint Gurus, Geetanjali, Arleta and Matthew 😉

  14. Markus, yes, you did a fantastic job in your DPM System Center article! A hard earned and well deserved gold medal!

  15. Congratulations to all and many thanks for the comments on my work 😉

  16. Chervine says:

    Congrats to all!

  17. A Summit and Guru winners! So awesome!

  18. Durval Ramos says:

    Congrats to all winners… especially Pituach!!!

    I must also congratulate: Arleta, Andy, Chen, Saeid, Ricardo, Emiliano, Paul and Tommy… Good job!!!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Great Work Guys! Congratulations Everyone 🙂

  20. pituach says:

    Well done all contributors!

    Thanks Durval for your kind words
    Thanks Ed, and to everyone

  21. Thank you Sylvain for the fantastic article! The topic is very timely for Power BI development!

  22. Saeid Hasani says:

    Thanks Judges! especially to Durval and Richard for your kind feedback! 🙂

  23. Thanks for the kind words Ed!

  24. Inderjeet Singh says:

    Congratulations to all winners

  25. Anonymous says:

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

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