The Microsoft TechNet Guru Awards! (May 2015)

All the votes are in! 


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

Gold Award Winner


Sandro Pereira BizTalk DevOps: Monitor your BizTalk environment using PowerShell Ed Price: "BizTalk DevOps! With PowerShell??? Man, talk about a hot topic with valuable content! Fantastic job on this one!"
Mandi Ohlinger: "Nice job Sandro. Great solutions using PowerShell. "
LG: "It is realy practical and high value article."

Silver Award Winner


Johns-305 BizTalk: Running Orchestrations in Multiple Hosts On The Same Computer LG: "It is one of the great finding that requires deep knowledge of a product and still anyway would avoid public."
Mandi Ohlinger: "Great idea and great sample. Thank you Boatseller!"
Ed Price: "Great job on this hot topic! Great to have the download link and end with a Wiki cross-link!"

Bronze Award Winner


Sandro Pereira BizTalk Server 2013 R2: WCF-SAP Adapter Step-by-Step Installation Guide Ed Price: "This is such an amazing installation guide! The depth is so spot on!"
LG: "Great knowledge gathered in this article."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:


Guru Award  Microsoft Azure Technical Guru - May 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Chervine Big Data Analytics using Microsoft Azure: Hive JH: "I love the article from Chervine. Hope to see another one from this series very soon."
Ed Price: "Truly magnificent! The depth here is astonishing! Love the diagram. Great code formatting. Thorough References section!" 

Silver Award Winner


Ken Cenerelli Custom Telemetry Events with TrackEvent in Microsoft Application Insights Alan Carlos: "Wow! I love AppInsights and this article is fantastic! Congrats!"
Ed Price: "I love the topic of App Insights! Great formatting throughout this article! The red arrows/callouts in the images help a ton. Great ending with the References and See Also sections!"
JH: "Great article about App Insights. Would love to see more detailed ones about it."

Bronze Award Winner


Ken Cenerelli Azure PowerShell cmdlets version updates

JH: "Nice, short and simple. Seems to be the time for me to check my Azure PowerShell version." 

Ed Price: "Great topic with PowerShell! This is such a beautifully formatted article that's incredibly easy to read and understand. Fantastic job!"


Guru Award  Miscellaneous Technical Guru - May 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Carmelo La Monica Read the temperature with Arduino Uno Philippe Levesque: "Really refreshing content and well explained"
Richard Mueller: "Great images. We need more references."

Silver Award Winner


Danish Islam Microsoft Office Sway Richard Mueller: "Good use of Wiki guidelines. I liked the detailed steps to get started and the references."
Philippe Levesque: "Good introduction to Sway!"

Bronze Award Winner


Pooja Baraskar Moisture sensor with Windows on Galileo Philippe Levesque: "Great job on this content"
Richard Mueller: "Great images."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:


Guru Award  SharePoint 2010 / 2013 Technical Guru - May 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Dan Christian SharePoint 2013 External List from Oracle Database Hezequias Vasconcelos: "It is important to see the integration of SharePoint 2013 with other platforms not Microsoft. This shows the confidence that the business environment has on the product."
KB: "Very detailed and a lot of screenshots. Nice work!"
TN: "Helpful article to connect SP & Oracle database"
Ed Price: "This is fantastic! I love how the three videos walk you through the steps as well!"

Silver Award Winner


Inderjeet Singh Jaggi What is a Web Application in SharePoint? Ed Price: "Great description and use of PowerShell commands."

Bronze Award Winner


Danish Islam Excel Services Issue in SharePoint 2013/2010 Ed Price: "This is very clear, with a helpful solution. A combination of the text of the error message and the image help add the clarity. Great formatting. It could benefit from a See Also section." 

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:


Guru Award  Small Basic Technical Guru - May 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Ezra94 Small Basic: Optimization Michiel Van Hoorn: "This is really usefull and great reading for developers who looking for more complex application and want to avoid pitfall.s"
Ed Price: "Ezra and Nonki did an amazing job on this article! I was recently going through these issues with some various users, and this article has helped give us a ton of ideas! Great article! Great formatting on the sections and code snippets, and I love all the resources at the end! That Bill Gates article is a fun one!"
RZ: "Very nice! And very engaging. Much more fun than just talking about Optimization. :)"

Silver Award Winner


Nonki Takahashi Small Basic: Kinect for Small Basic Extension Library Michiel Van Hoorn: "For those lucky guys with a kinect sensor on their pc: get busy. For others: buy a sensor!"
Ed Price: "A reference doc for the Kinect Extension. Great! And I love the picture! Also, good visibility in the See Also to show the other extensions available!"
RZ: "Excellent as usual. Yeah, Kinect! What else needs to be said? :)"


Guru Award  SQL Server General and Database Engine Technical Guru - May 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Andy ONeill Developer Friendly XML Extraction From SQL Server DRC: "Good article for developers to extract the SQL data in XMl format for processing. The SQL Server instance name in the BCp command should be “-S” [Upper case]. Else we encounter the error: C:\temp>bcp.exe "SQLquery" queryout c:\temp\xmlFileName.xml -w -T -s<Hostname\Instancename> bcp.exe: unknown option s We get the below error if we don’t specify the servername as it always tries to connect to default instance on the machine on which the command is executed.So "-S" parameter need to be included. bcp "EXEC [AdventureWorks2012].[dbo].[XML_Extract_Employees]" queryout D:\test.xml -w -T C:\temp>bcp "EXEC [AdventureWorks2012].[dbo].[XML_Extract_Employees]" queryout c:\temp\test.xml -w -T SQLState = 08001, NativeError = 2 Error = [Microsoft][ODBC Driver 11 for SQL Server]Named Pipes Provider: Could not open a connection to SQL Server [2]. SQLState = 08001, NativeError = 2 So the commandd should be: bcp "EXEC [AdventureWorks2012].[dbo].[XML_Extract_Employees]" queryout D:\test.xml -w -T -S<hostname\Instancename> "
Durval Ramos: "An interesting article, but need to add more XML examples and other structures, including attributes and special characters (encoding)"
AM: "Great introduction to FOR XML feature."


Guru Award  System Center Technical Guru - May 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Analyse your ConfigMgr data with Microsoft Power BI Alan Carlos: "Great article and content."
Ed Price: "Great job on the detail and some very helpful images! It could benefit from a TOC, section headers, and a See Also section. Great article! Powerful topic!" 

Silver Award Winner


Sridhar Vishwanatham Optimizing rule in scom 2007/2012 Ed Price: "Good topic with great info. It could benefit from a TOC, bigger section headers, and a See Also section that links to related Wiki articles. Good diagram! It's very easy to follow along through the details!" 

Bronze Award Winner


MarkusEliasson Troubleshoot ID 30111 from DPM: VssError: The specified object was not found Ed Price: "Helpful info! Please check out the article comment from Mike J and update acordingly. Great topic!"
MJ: "I Added a comment to make it more complete."


Guru Award  Transact-SQL Technical Guru - May 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Ronen Ariely T-SQL: Sort data by multiple languages Richard Mueller: "Good explanation. I like the highlighted notes."
Durval Ramos: "This article is very interesting, and demonstrates effectively how to work with UNICODE data. Very well detailed article and also have T-SQL script to download on TechNet Gallery."

Silver Award Winner


Saeid Hasani T-SQL: Make a Read Copy of Database by Using Synonym, Trigger and SQL Agent Job Durval Ramos: "Very useful, this article is well structured over an interesting scenario. I have read many threads about copy of a database on Forums. Also have T-SQL script to download on TechNet Gallery."
Richard Mueller: "We need links/references."


Guru Award  Universal Windows Apps Technical Guru - May 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Emiliano Musso Geolocalize a device and store coordinates on Webserve Ed Price: "Wow! This is such an amazing article! The detail, images, formatting, and everything are all fantastic! I'd love to see a See Also section and Wiki cross-linking, but this is a fantastic article!"
JH: "Location-aware apps are very important nowadays. I like the approach in this article to not use the complete Microsoft stack, instead to use PHP and MySQL. Would be cool to see it with more technologies, such as Node.js."

Silver Award Winner


Lee McPherson Leverage Continuum feature to change UI for Mouse/Keyboard users using custom StateTrigger JH: "I like it when an app behaves 'native' on different devices. Hope that the times where I can't use my big fingers are gone."
Ed Price: "Great descriptions and execution on formatting each section!" 

Bronze Award Winner


Pooja Baraskar  Localization in Windows Universal Apps JH: "Localization and Globalization is something most apps have their problems with. This article shows how easy it can be. Love it!"
Ed Price: "As Danish mentions in the article comments, it's very easy to understand! The images are helpful and the explanations are thorough!" 

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

  • Developing Experiences with Direct Ink on Windows 10 by Sumantro
    JH: "Inking is one of my favorite features in OneNote. In my opinion some apps are missing this feature. This article is a little bit short. Would love to see more about it (like recognition of hand-writing)."
    Ed Price: "Good formatting. Love the topic!"
  • Developing games for Windows Store with Construct2 by Sumantro
    JH: "This article needs someone who corrects the styling of the article. Nevertheless, a lot of my friends are doing game development. With that I know how important and how fun it is. Waiting for more articles about it."
    Ed Price: "A lot of information here, and a great use of images!" 
  • Project Spartan For Developers in Windows 10 by Sumantro
    JH: "As a web developer for the last few years Project Spartan is somewhat cool. Playing around with it the last few months it was great to see an article about it. Gimme more!"
    Ed Price: "Very thorough. Fantastic article on an important new topic!" 
  • Implementing ScreenReading in winRT apps by Pooja Baraskar
    Ed Price: "Great topic with good execution!"
    JH: "Sometimes I'm too lazy to read everything myself. That the point where screen reading comes in. Hope that this scenario expands more and more so one day I can talk to my apps in a way I'm talking to people."
  • Setting up Windows 10 for Development by Sumantro
    Ed Price: "Good topic and content!"
    JH: "Good starting point. Doing it again at the moment when writing these lines."
  • Architecture of Windows 10 by Sumantro
    Ed Price: "Great images and information. "
    JH: "Great topic, but this article needs some more information and depth. Would love to see more details on how the different platforms, such as XBox and Windows Phone, can play together."
  • SplitView-A New XAML control for Universal App Dev by Sumantro
    JH: "First time I saw the split view in Windows 10 it was a little akward, but today I'm looking at every app I have if this shows me some more information. Definitely a good starting point!"
    Ed Price: "Great use of images!"
  • Understanding UAP and Building Universal Apps with Blend 2015 by Sumantro
    Ed Price: "Great topic with good information. Could benefit from a TOC and See Also section. Good article!"


Guru Award  Visual Basic Technical Guru - May 2015  

Gold Award Winner


tommytwotrain VB.Net: High resolution printouts of the Chart control by using a Metafile MR: "Very helpful article!"
Richard Mueller: "Good work. We need links/references."

Silver Award Winner


Emiliano Musso Sort and Filter CSV files with DataTable and DataView Richard Mueller: "Good use of TOC."
MR: "Great article on intro to Data Tables" 


Guru Award  Visual C# Technical Guru - May 2015  

Gold Award Winner


.paul. Multi-page DGV Printing Carmelo La Monica: "Very great content and detailed in all parts!"
Jaliya Udagedara: "It would have been great, if explanations were provided for each method in the provided code."

Silver Award Winner


Yan Grenier C# : Windows Service in console mode for debug and admin Jaliya Udagedara: "I really enjoyed reading this article. Well explained with images, code snippets, and the source code is available in MSDN Code Gallery. It’s just perfect!"
Carmelo La Monica: "I don't know very much about Windows Service, but this article is for me and other users a good starting point, congrats!"

Bronze Award Winner


Tom Mohan Getting Started With WCF Jaliya Udagedara: "Detailed article about WCF which I am sure beginners will find quite interesting."
Carmelo La Monica: "Very helpful article, and great demo for to understand how to use WCF service, congratulations!"


Guru Award  Wiki and Portals Technical Guru - May 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Andy ONeill Why YOU should enter the Technet WIki Guru Competition PG: "Nice, useful article"
Durval Ramos: "This article provides good arguments to encourage our Community to share knowledge. Congrats on your initiative, Andy!!!"
Richard Mueller: "Great topic and well written. Good use of guidelines for articles."


Guru Award  Windows PowerShell Technical Guru - May 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Arleta Wanat SharePoint Online content types in Powershell: Add Richard Mueller: "Well written. Good links. I needed more explanation/examples."
Chen V: "Excellent Article! Great Explanation with Related Links! "

Silver Award Winner


sridhar vishwanatham SCOM 2012: Bulk override creation for monitors and rules using PowerShell Alan Carlos: "Wow, great tip!!!"
Chen V: "Good script to keep SCOM healthy!"
Richard Mueller: "Needs links/references."

Bronze Award Winner


Arleta Wanat Manage SharePoint Online Access Requests using Powershell Richard Mueller: "Interesting."
Chen V: "Good Article - Screen shots makes it clear." 


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

Gold Award Winner


Andy ONeill Dependency Property Default Double Trouble KJ: "I love these kind of articles. this has bit me in the past."
Ed Price: "Love the end-to-end perspective!"

Silver Award Winner


Tom Mohan Data Input Validation In WPF : Validation With Exception Ed Price: "Valuable contribution!"
KJ: "short and sweet - nice."

Bronze Award Winner


Andy ONeill Animating a ViewModel KJ: "neat stuff! very fancy!"
Ed Price: "Great topic with powerful depth!"


Guru Award  Windows Server Technical Guru - May 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Richard Mueller Active Directory: Large Integer Attributes JM: "This is an excellent article, thanks for your continued contributions"
Mark Parris: "Excellent insights."
Philippe Levesque: "Well written article and well explained !"

Silver Award Winner


Manjunath Sullad How to Identify “Shared” and “Non-Shared” disks on cluster nodes Philippe Levesque: "Good technical tip !"
JM: "This is a very good article on cluster node HDDs, good job"
Mark Parris: "Good tidbit."

Bronze Award Winner


Darshana Jayathilake Useful powershell commands for manage servers & desktops Mark Parris: "Good knowledge to have."
JM: "This article provides a great basis for a topic to which many folks can contribute their favorite PowerShell commands"


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

Hopefully we will see you ALL again in June 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

More about the TechNet Guru Awards:

Forum posts:

  1. Azure
  2. Azure
  3. Azure
  4. BizTalk
  5. BizTalk
  6. C#
  7. FIM
  8. Power Pivot
  9. PowerShell
  10. SharePoint 2010
  11. Small Basic
  12. SQL Server
  13. SS DBE
  14. SSAS
  15. SSIS
  16. SSRS
  17. Store App
  18. System Center
  19. System Center
  20. System Center
  21. System Center
  22. System Center
  23. System Center
  24. System Center
  25. System Center
  26. TN Wiki
  27. T-SQL
  28. VB
  29. Visio
  30. Windows Phone
  31. Windows Server
  32. Windows Server
  33. Windows Server
  34. Windows Server
Comments (27)
  1. Great competition! Thanks for highlighting, and for this blog.

  2. Congrats to Andy for winning 4 awards!

    Congrats to Arleta, Sandro, Tom, Sridhar, Danish, Ken, Emiliano, Pooja, and Nonki for winning 2 awards!

  3. Anonymous says:

    All the votes are in!

    And below are the results for the Small Basic Guru Awards, May 2015 !!!!

  4. Once again, I am humbled by this winning. I truly enjoy sharing my knowledge with others and winning is like adding icing on the cake. Thank you all and congratulations all the winners.

  5. pituach says:

    Like the Queen’s song says "Another One Bites the Dust" 🙂

    Well done all!

  6. Wow my 2nd win. Now have 1 of each medal 🙂 . Thanks to judges.

    Congratulations to all winners and contributors.

  7. Saeid Hasani says:

    I have to write more!
    Congrats to all especially to Ronen and Andy (SQL Server Sections)!
    Thanks judges! Thanks Richard and Durval for the comments and suggestions!
    Thank you Pete! You’re always here for all of us! 🙂

  8. Andy ONeill says:

    Congratulations all and thanks to everyone putting the work in behind the scenes.
    I’ll put in some more work on the sql server article.

  9. Durval Ramos says:

    Congrats to all winners…especially Pituach, Andy and Saeid !!!

    Great competition !!!

  10. I just want to echo Dan Christian’s comments that these awards are humbling.

    I have entered four times and have won four medals. I am so glad I found this site!

    Congratulations to all the winners and a very impressive showing by Andy.

    Finally, thank you to everyone who makes this competition possible. It is greatly appreciated!

  11. Congrats to all winners especially Andy!

  12. Congratulations to all the winners and especially my favorite Dan from the SharePoint Category. 🙂

  13. A big thank you to the judges. Good work everyone, keep it up (and congratulations to the winners)!

  14. Thanks to judges and congrats to all the winner. This was my first month here and I have learned a lot.

  15. Shanky_621 says:

    Congratulation Andy, Saeid, Ronen and others great work guys…keep posting

  16. Dinesh Vishe says:

    Nice article by Andy, Saeid, Ronen

  17. Chervine says:

    Congratulations to all winners and contributors.

  18. That’s great, Pooja! I’m glad you’re learning. I think we all have a lot we can learn from each other!

    A big thank you goes out again to all our contributors! You’re giving back to the community and helping thousands of people!

  19. congratulations to all the winners & contributors as well.

  20. Rajith says:

    Nothing for Exchange? 😉

    Where do I contribute Exchange 2013 Wikis?

  21. manjunath says:


  22. Anonymous says:

    Hello, TechNet Wiki Community! My name is Alan Carlos and the theme for the day is about a TechNet Guru

  23. Congrats to all the winners

  24. anonymouscommenter says:

    I’m following up my earlier Thursday post: Council Spotlight – Who will be crowned the last TechNet

  25. NOTE: We now have a Skype group that is exclusive to Guru Gold Medal Winners! So if you’ve won a gold medal, but aren’t in the Skype group, please notify me on Skype. My Skype name is “live:edwardnprice”


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