The TechNet Guru Awards November 2015

All the votes are in! 


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

Gold Award Winner


Johns-305 BizTalk: Preserve Xml Header When Debatching TGN: "Very good article John!! :)"
SW: "Very usefull article to solve preservation of an XML Header in an efficient, easy manner."
Sandro Pereira: "It’s never a good idea to debaching messages inside orchestrations but still is an easy manner to solve this kind of problem. Useful article, well written and nice layout (format, pictures, …)."
Abhishek Kumar: "Vey well written artcile John . Thanks for all your contribution to the BizTalk Community"
Mandi Ohlinger: "Very nice walkthrough of your solution. Thank you again for sharing your knowledge and experience. "

Silver Award Winner


Janardhan Bikka BizTalk custom xml validation to get error summary TGN: "Reminds me of Saravanas blog post back in the day..."
SW: "Leveraging an old idea from Saravana Kumar in a new style."
Sandro Pereira: "A nice article but as a note, you should always point (reference), or whenever justified, the reference sources. The layout could be significantly improved, better pictures, use code instead of pictures and so on. You should look to the existing BizTalk articles available and try to keep the same format." 5
Mandi Ohlinger: "A nice update to the solution. Thank you for your contribution! "
Guru Award  Microsoft Azure Technical Guru - November 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Daniel Örneling Automatically create AD users with Azure Automation and OMS JH: "Nice automation article. Would love to see more automation use cases."
AS: "I am having trouble to understand why should I bother with Azure Automation for this, when I can use Azure AD Sync. And what value brings me the fact that I create same users in my Local AD and in my Azure AD when the both are not synchronized."

Silver Award Winner


Hussain Shahbaz Khawaja Deploy a Simple Azure Website from Visual Studio AS: "Nice short article."
JH: "Plain and simple. One IDE to rule them all."

Note: Gold winner was removed, and Daniel and Hussain have been promoted.

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

  • Azure Mobile Services: Tips & Tricks by Hussain Shahbaz Khawaja
    AS: "Good start. However the subject is a bit missleading - I did not see any Tip and any Trick. The article just described how to create a Mobile Service with JS backend. And by the way, .NET Backend is fully scaffolded too - you do not have to implement it on your own, if you do not need any customization over the standard Tables API."
    JH: "Some people miss the quickstart section in the portal. Good to point that one out."
  • Microsoft Azure FAQs by Hussain Shahbaz Khawaja
    AS: "In an FAQ article, I would really expect Questions with Answers. And a lot of links to support those answers. "
    JH: "Nice summary. Would be great to have some pointers for the different bullet points."

Guru Award  Miscellaneous Technical Guru - November 2015  

Gold Award Winner


SYEDSHANU Dynamic Pivot Grid Using MVC, AngularJS and WEB API Richard Mueller: "Great detail and great images in this article. Avoid first person."
Peter Laker: "Very good article, well written and full of goodness"

Silver Award Winner


Michel Jatoba How to configure Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics Peter Laker: "A great read, and very useful, thanks Michel"
Richard Mueller: "Good images. References would greatly help."

Bronze Award Winner


Hussain Shahbaz Khawaja Blend for Visual Studio:  Richard Mueller: "Short, but well explained with good images."
Peter Laker: "Nice guide, thanks Hussain"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  SharePoint 2010 / 2013 Technical Guru - November 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Satyajit321 PowerShell: Test-DiskSPDBlo ck Script - For Storage Performance Testing KB: "Interesting script!"
Peter Laker: "Very useful script! Thank you!"
Guru Award  Small Basic Technical Guru - November 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Ed Price - MSFT Small Basic: Using a Sentinel for Loop Control Michiel Van Hoorn: "Excellent post on using loops and an approach to use a Sentinel number. Great examples in coding principles"
Peter Laker: "From the master, to the masses! Great snippet Ed"

Silver Award Winner


SYEDSHANU Getting Started with Microsoft Small Basic for Beginners Peter Laker: "Fantastic introduction to the subject Syed, thanks!"
Michiel Van Hoorn: "Great intro into Small Basic programming with fun (and new) examples."
Guru Award  SQL BI and Power BI Technical Guru - November 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Greg Deckler (Quick Solutions) DAX - Simple Linear Regression Pattern PT: "This is an excellent example to show the flexibility of DAX and helped me (not a mathamatician or statistician) realize the power of the Power BI platform. This is a great reference article. Suggestion: please add a short business scenario for demonstration purposes."
RB: "This is an excellent article"

Silver Award Winner


Sathya SSRS - Make common change in multiple reports in one click PT: "This is a very intricate solution and I can see how it solves a challenging problem. I may use and reference this article as I think it demonstrates the complexity of the problem with siloed report designs. The problem could be mitigated by storing the logo in a database but that doesnlt solve the problem after 100 reports have already been designed with embedded images. Nice work."
RB: "This is a very good article. Lots of useful points covered"

Bronze Award Winner


Visakh16 SSIS Tips: A Real Time File Processing Solution PT: "Very useful real-world solution and good reference article. Thanks"
RB: "Great tips!"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  System Center Technical Guru - November 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Adin Ermie Having Trouble Getting SCOM To Connect To OMS? AB: "Excellent article!"
Richard Mueller: "Great images. Very detailed steps."

Silver Award Winner


Mark Allen Planning the bulk import of applications into SCCM 2012 R2 AB: "Good overview"
Richard Mueller: "Avoid use of first person."
Guru Award  Transact-SQL Technical Guru - November 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Natig Gurbanov SQL Server: How to automatically stop unnecessary data at insert Richard Mueller: "TOC, headings, and See Also section help this article a lot."
Peter Laker: "Very useful, well written!"

Silver Award Winner


Natig Gurbanov SQL SERVER Troubleshooting: Select from NULL rows Richard Mueller: "Good headings and title, grammar needs work."
Peter Laker: "More great work!"

Bronze Award Winner


Natig Gurbanov SQL Server:Find updated row by another user Richard Mueller: "Good example."
Peter Laker: "Great work Natig!"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  Visual Basic Technical Guru - November 2015  

Gold Award Winner


.paul. International Time & Currency Carmelo La Monica: "Very interesting article and very beautiful Images, congrats !"
Richard Mueller: "Lots of good code. Excellent use of Wiki guidelines"

Silver Award Winner


Reed Kimble Mary had a Little Lambda - Using Lambdas to Write Clean Code Carmelo La Monica: "Good work, and interesting method for to data hiding."
Richard Mueller: "Good use of Wiki guidelines."
Guru Award  Visual C# Technical Guru - November 2015  

Gold Award Winner


SYEDSHANU Pareto Chart C# Winform Carmelo La Monica: "Fantastic work, great Image Animated fot Pareto Chart, and very good C# Code!"
Jaliya Udagedara: "Great implementation. Love the fact that the sample is available for download from MSDN Code Gallery."

Silver Award Winner


João Sousa ASP.NET MVC 5 – Entity Framework 6, CRUD Operations onVisual Studio 2015 Carmelo La Monica: "Very interesting, i don't know AspNet, but Ef6 and Crud operation on DataBase is very easy to understand."
Jaliya Udagedara: "Step by step explained, nice. But please do keep in mind that wikis are not blog posts. Have a look at TechNet Wiki Guidelines."

Bronze Award Winner


Mauricio Feijo A purist’s C# implementation of the linked list algorithm Jaliya Udagedara: "Good! You can use the MSDN Code Gallery to share the code."
Carmelo La Monica: "Good sample for to linked list, very good code C# and detailed information for other users. Congrats."
Guru Award  Wiki and Portals Technical Guru - November 2015  

It could be YOU! 🙂

Guru Award  Windows PowerShell Technical Guru - November 2015  

Gold Award Winner


beatcracker Parameter validation gotchas Jan Egil Ring: "Well explained and well written"
Richard Mueller: "Great new information that is good to know. Well explained. Some references would help."

Silver Award Winner


Mark Allen Planning the bulk import of applications into SCCM 2012 R2 Richard Mueller: "Good guidelines and good grammar, but avoid first person."
Jan Egil Ring: "Thanks Mark!"

Bronze Award Winner


Satyajit321 Recover Deleted Items Usage Report Jan Egil Ring: "Nice tip!"
Richard Mueller: "Detailed steps and good TOC."
Guru Award  Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) Technical Guru - November 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Anil Kumar How to create your first WPF application Peter Laker: "Great introduction Anil, good coverage of the basics!"
LL: "Wow, excellent article"

Silver Award Winner


Andy ONeill Moving UI to Cursor LL: "Very good article"
Peter Laker: "Another awesome article Andy! Lots of great work went into this."
Guru Award  Windows Server Technical Guru - November 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Kia Zhi Tang (Ryen Tang) Windows Nano Server: Virtualization with VMware vSphere Mark Parris: "Very good instructions on the installation process."
JM: "This is a fantastic article on Nano Server, thanks for your contribution"
Richard Mueller: "Very detailed with great images and code. It would help to have references and a "See Also" section. Good TOC."

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

Hopefully we will see you ALL again in December 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. System Center
  18. System Center
  19. System Center
  20. System Center
  21. System Center
  22. System Center
  23. System Center
  24. System Center
  25. TN Wiki
  26. T-SQL
  27. VB
  28. Visio
  29. Windows Phone
  30. Windows Server
  31. Windows Server
  32. Windows Server
  33. Windows Server
  34. WPF
Comments (20)
  1. Congrats to all the Winners.
    Thanks to All the Judges for selecting my article and for good words.@Richard Mueller Thank you from my upcoming articles I will avoid first person.

  2. Wow, I won the gold medal! Syed, I loved your Small Basic article. There are some other good Getting Started wikis out there, but I love your fresh samples and new installation instructions!

  3. Thank you all for nice articles…

  4. Congrats to all winners and contributors!

  5. Thanks, I’m honored for this recognition. Hoping to contribute more to the community.
    By the way, what about UWP category?

  6. pituach says:

    Congrats to all winners,
    Well done to all contributors!

  7. Visakh says:

    Congrats to all winners. Clean sweep for Natig in T-SQL… Well done!

  8. Congrats to all winners and contributors!

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  10. Congratulations to everybody and huge thanks for the feedback )

  11. Congrats to all the Winners!
    Thanks to All for selecting my article

  12. Congratulations everyone.

  13. anonymouscommenter says:

    We had a few great articles in November! Let’s see what the judges thought!

    Small Basic

  14. Groov says:

    Very nice

  15. Satyajit321 says:

    The new criteria ‘Failing to meet our minimum bar’ will add more value to the winning articles and encourage others to strive even higher.

  16. Ryen Tang says:

    Congratulations to all winners. Thank you for those judge’s comments.

  17. 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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