The TechNet Guru Awards, January 2016!

All the votes are in! 


And below are the results for the TechNet Guru Awards, January 2016 !!!!


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 2016  

Gold Award Winner


Steef-Jan Wiggers BizTalk Server 2013 R2: WCF-MSMQ Binding (Adapter) Sandro Pereira: "It may be an old topic, i.e., nothing new in term of features but I found that simple stuff and not well document are indeed nice topic. I love it. Nice piece of article. Good job Steef-Jan."
TGN: "good explaination and images, well done as always Steef"
Ed Price: "I love the clear scenario and diagram at the beginning!"
LG: "It is interesting but nothing realy new." 

Silver Award Winner


Steef-Jan Wiggers BizTalk Server 2013 R2: SB-Messaging with SAS LG: "It is more interesting info than others. Azure is pretty fresh topic for BizTalk "
Sandro Pereira: "Connecting on premise with could creating awesome and robust integrations. Once again awesome work! Simple and very clear, a masterpiece."
Abhishek Kumar: "Steef-Jan brings his expertise with each Artcile .Nicely Written and well explained ."
TGN: "I love this one. 😉 Great one!" 

Bronze Award Winner


Janardhan Bikka BizTalk: Handle exceptions from REST services in Orchestration Abhishek Kumar: "Nicely Work done Janardhan . Really loved reading your artcile over exception handling with Rest Api"
Ed Price: "Although similar to the Wiki article it references (BizTalk Server: REST Services Error Handling), this is a great addition that helps bring a new perspective to the problem!"
LG: "There is much simpler way to deal with REST from BizTalk."
Sandro Pereira: "The layout of the article could and should be improved. The article itself should be improved (there are some steeps or key information’s that were suppressed) but in his favor has source code and it is a valid way to handle errors"
TGN: "Very good, nice set of images, good explaination. Great article" 

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

  • Microsoft Integration Roadmap by Steef-Jan Wiggers
    Abhishek Kumar: "Steef-Jan Thanks for Integration Roadmap to broad audience ."
    TGN: "Very good, great article to have one the TN Wiki"
    LG: "It is just a link to the document from Microsoft! Nothing else."
    Sandro Pereira: "It’s the public roadmap and a nice addition to the TechNet Article. Simple, but for sure, it deserves an article."
Guru Award  Forefront Identity Manager Technical Guru - January 2016  

Gold Award Winner


Peter Geelen - MSFT FIM 2010: Planning security setup for accounts, groups and services - Part 1. Introduction Ed Price: "This series is awesome! The diagrams help a ton and the heat-map table is pretty cool!"
AM: "Excellent series. Very useful to have all best practices in one place." 

Silver Award Winner


Jeff Ingalls FIM/MIM: How to Bulk Export Connector and Disconnector Status Søren Granfeldt: "Nice pitch for a forgotten tool"
Ed Price: "Great use of images and code formatting!"

Bronze Award Winner


Peter Geelen - MSFT FIM 2010: Planning security setup for accounts, groups and services - Part 4. Detailed Description Ed Price: "Powerful, never-ending use of tables! Very helpful. Thanks!" 

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  Microsoft Azure Technical Guru - January 2016  

Gold Award Winner


Chilberto Azure File Storage - On-premises Folder Sync JH: "Small and simple. A good one."
AS: "Good article. It will be also good to mention that it is prerequisite to create the file share first."

Silver Award Winner


Steef-Jan Wiggers Upload a document to Azure Blob Storage progammatically JH: "Nice one. Haven't thought that this one was missing in the wiki."
AS: "It will be good to mention why we chose CloudBlockBlob as opposed to CloudPageBlob and CloudFile and explain differences."
Guru Award  Miscellaneous Technical Guru - January 2016  

Gold Award Winner


Namrah Khurram .NET Core – a transition into the future Richard Mueller: "Very informative and well explained. We can use some references/links."
Ed Price: "Fantastic high-level explanations and diagrams that make this a true gem!"

Silver Award Winner


SYEDSHANU ASP.NET MVC 5 Security And Creating User Role Richard Mueller: "Lots of good code. Good images."
Ed Price: "Love the animated GIF and diagrams at the top! Coupled together with the images and instructions, and you have a great article!"

Bronze Award Winner


João Sousa ASP.NET 5 - Connect to SQL Azure Database Ed Price: "Solid set of instructions! Please review the article comment from Richard about Step 2. Good use of images! Could benefit from a See Also section at the end that links to other Wiki articles."
Richard Mueller: "More explanation would help."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  SharePoint 2010 / 2013 Technical Guru - January 2016  

Gold Award Winner


Nathanaël Stassart SharePoint 2013 - Crawl file shares for Claims ADFS Users Margriet Bruggeman: "A good article about crawling file shares. Great to read!"
Ed Price: "Great scenario! Very thorough combination of explanations, instructions, clarifying images, and code. Great article!"
TN: "Great article which provides the solution to comon problem"

Silver Award Winner


Dan Christian Build a custom SharePoint page template to display site columns Ed Price: "Incredibly powerful and thorough article, and the two embedded videos go above and beyond to make this article astonishing! Great job, Dan!"
Margriet Bruggeman: "Well explained article, the screenshots are sometimes a bit too big."

Bronze Award Winner


Rahul A Shinde SharePoint 2013: How to show all documents of current user with preview using Search REST services TN: "Helpful article to practice CSOM."
Margriet Bruggeman: "I'm very enthusiastic about this article. Going to try it myself!"
Ed Price: "Good snapshots at the end and innovative way to explain the code!" 

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  Small Basic Technical Guru - January 2016  

Gold Award Winner


Nonki Takahashi Small Basic: Clock Michiel Van Hoorn: "Great article on the clock object and how to work with time. Foundational knowledge for any programmer."
Peter Laker: "Nicely formed, well laid out, good contribution"

Silver Award Winner


Ed Price - MSFT Small Basic: Prime Sieve Michiel Van Hoorn: "Fun math example that's a mathematical challenge; it is solved in Small Basic. Great to learn the beauty of math and programming"
Peter Laker: "Professionally written, great addition"
Guru Award  SQL BI and Power BI Technical Guru - January 2016  

Gold Award Winner


Greg Deckler Correlation, Seasonality and Forecasting with Power BI RB: "Great demo of seasonality, forecasting and regression in Power Bi"
Ed Price: "Greg, fantastic job on this! The images help add a lot of value."
PT: "Greg, thank you for sharing this realistic forecasting example with the community. Good learning material. A couple small things I might approach differently: replace the division math with the DIVIDE function to avoid divide-by-zero errors. Using a Date table in-place of the integer quarter numbers would all enable using relative date functions, like DATEADD in the YearQuarter calculation. The last two charts are followed by cryptic text such as """
Guru Award  SQL Server General and Database Engine Technical Guru - January 2016  

Gold Award Winner


FLauffer SSMS: Using Registered Servers to Manage Servers UR: "good sum up of functionality with much depiction. Pointing to the benefits of using CMS."
Ed Price: "Good. I love the formatting, the use of images, and the See Also reference links!"
DRC: "This TechNet Wiki article describes the end-end implementration of Central management server feature (CMS) in SQL. This article demonstrates the CMS feature in SQL 2014. Just to note this feature is available from SQL 2005 onwards. So this feature can be implemented on lower versions of SQL as well. This techNet WIki article is the implementation of below article with the screenshots. This article is very helpful in understanding/implementing the feature."
AM: "This one of those feature that most people are not aware of and that can be very handy for a busy DBA."
Guru Award  System Center Technical Guru - January 2016  

Gold Award Winner


Jose R. Esposito System Center Configuration Manager(SCCM): Device Collection Query by KB Number MA: "Short, but just to the point, helpful way to manage collection membership."
Peter Laker: "The best of the two in my opinion"
Ed Price: "Short and sweet. Very useful, but it would be great to have more of a background on the scenario and then a breakdown and explanation of wha the code is doing. And then links to related resources."

Silver Award Winner


Adin Ermie PowerShell Deployment Toolkit (PDT) – Installer.ps1 Fails With “Failed Installing Server Feature Group 1” Ed Price: "A good set of instructions for this scenario! The directory structure lists are also helpful. It could be improved with section headers, a TOC, and See Also links. The images and conclusion are also very helpful. Great job on this!"
Peter Laker: "Thanks Adin, hope it helps someone else"
Guru Award  Transact-SQL Technical Guru - January 2016  

Gold Award Winner


Natig Gurbanov Sql Server Admnistration :finding blocking process with procedure Richard Mueller: "Very interesting and possibly very useful code. I still would like links/references, perhaps a "See Also"."
Samuel Lester: "Great wrapper around sysprocesses to make it much easier to get the blocking information! Thanks for the article and script!"
Guru Award  Universal Windows Apps Technical Guru - January 2016  

This were no medals awarded this month.

The following article is well written and the backend work is nice, but has been flagged as failing the technical bar for correctness for the title issue.

    • BackgroundTranfers; keep the data going by Dave Smits
      JH: "Nice and simple. Love it that the app and the backend is shown."
      RC: "Server side looks very interesting (but I can't verify correctness). Instead of hacking post processing use the BackgroundTransferCompletionGroup. There's a good overview at"
Guru Award  Visual Basic Technical Guru - January 2016  

Gold Award Winner


Emiliano Musso Invoke Method to update UI from secondary threads in VB.NET MR: "Great introduction. I would suggest also mentioning BeginInvoke"
Richard Mueller: "A good explanation and example."
Carmelo La Monica: "Fantasitc sample Emiliano, very very useful, especially video at the end of page. Good work!"

Silver Award Winner


.paul. OOP BlackJack MR: "Very fun! It would be great to have more description of the program as well."
Richard Mueller: "Good use of Wiki guidelines. A fun project with good code and images."
Carmelo La Monica: "Good sample for BlackJack, great content and code. Very famous game."

Bronze Award Winner


.paul. Statistical Numeric Collection Extension Functions Carmelo La Monica: "Great sample Wiki and vb net code. Congrats!"
Richard Mueller: "Interesting ideas. Useful code. More explanation and references would help."
Guru Award  Visual C# Technical Guru - January 2016  

Gold Award Winner


SYEDSHANU Easy SQL Server Tool using C# Carmelo La Monica: "Fantastic topics, very helpful for users, good imegs and C# code."
Jaliya Udagedara: "Good article, has a lot of images and code snippets. Nice thing is sample code is available, so you can run the application and see for yourself."
Guru Award  Wiki and Portals Technical Guru - January 2016  

Gold Award Winner


PITUACH TechNet WIKI Images gallery Alan Carlos: "Great pictures! Congratulations on your contribution!"
Ed Price: "Amazing! This is a great resource for us to grab a different banner to use in things like blog posts! Very helpful!"
Richard Mueller: "I love the images. A great collection."

Silver Award Winner


Nonki Takahashi Nonki's Suggestions for TechNet Guru Iconography Richard Mueller: "Very good "See Also" and "Other Resources". Great images."
Ed Price: "What a fun program! Great job on this!!"
Guru Award  Windows PowerShell Technical Guru - January 2016  

Gold Award Winner


Sergey Vdovin Project Server: Refresh calculated fields for all projects via PowerShell PSI calls Richard Mueller: "Good links and references. I like the diagram and the code."  
Ed Price: "Great introduction and diagram! Great formatting on the code, and I love the Restrictions and Usage section and the Resources and See Also links at the end! It could be improved by breaking down the code more with explanations of what it does. Great article!"  

Silver Award Winner


Chen V Create a Sample Script Module to do few tasks in SharePoint Online | Using VS Code PowerShell Extension Richard Mueller: "Lots of good code. Could use more explanation."  
Ed Price: "Great topic, Summary, and code formatting! I agree with Richard that this would be clearer if the code was broken down with explanations. Also could use See Also and Other Resources sections at the end. But it's a great collection of snippets!"  
Guru Award  Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) Technical Guru - January 2016  

Gold Award Winner


Andy ONeill WrapPanel ItemsPanel Last of Line Ed Price: "Great depth! Love how this builds on itself! Great job on this masterpiece!"
Peter Laker: "Nice work as always Andy!"
Guru Award  Windows Server Technical Guru - January 2016  

Gold Award Winner


Richard Mueller Active Directory: Find Orphaned Objects Mark Parris: "Very good knowledge that one needs to know and understand."
JM: "This is an excellent article, thanks for your contribution" 

Silver Award Winner


Kia Zhi Tang(Ryen Tang) Nano Server: Viewing Application, Security and System Event Logs using WMI Alan Carlos: "Great article! Nano Server is the future of distributed computing and resource optimization."
JM: "This is a fantastic article, thanks for your contribution!"
Mark Parris: "Excellent command line "Kung Fu"."

Bronze Award Winner


Mahdi Tehrani Display message to Active Directory users using HTML language and HTA with Group Policy Mark Parris: "A nice easy way to deliver the MOTD."
JM: "Another excellent article, your continued contributions are appreciated"

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

Hopefully we will see you ALL again in February 2016'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 (16)

  1. Congrats to all.Thanks for all Judges 🙂

  2. Congratulations to all the winners. Thanks judges.

  3. Congratulations to the winners. Thank you, judges and all contributors. 🙂

  4. Special congratulations go out to our multiple award winners of the month:

    3 Awards: Steef-Jan Wiggers
    2 Awards: Peter Geelen, Syed Shanu, Nonki Takahashi, AND .paul.,

  5. Arleta Wanat says:

    Congratulations to all!

  6. Congratulations everyone and a big thank you to the judges!

  7. FLauffer says:

    Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for all the judges!
    It’s great to share a little of knowledge with the community.

  8. Congratulations everyone and a big thank you for all contributors.

  9. Saeid Hasani says:

    Congrats to all!
    Thanks Pete for sharing! 🙂

  10. anonymouscommenter says:

    We had a light competition in January, but Nonki beat me fair and square:

    Small Basic

  11. Hey, thanks & congrats all.
    So much learning !!

  12. anonymouscommenter says:

    Olá Comunidade TechNet Wiki!!
    Meu nome é Alan Carlos e hoje é quarta-feira, dia

  13. 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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