The TechNet Guru Awards! March 2016

All the votes are in! 


And below are the results for the TechNet Guru Awards, March 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 - March 2016  

Gold Award Winner


Johns-305 BizTalk Server: Detecting a Missing Message or Orchestration, V2 LG: "It is very deep investigation and advanced implementation. It is very helpful in real-life scenarios."
Sandro Pereira: "Good article and another great Solutions, I really prefer to avoid convoys if I can."

Silver Award Winner


Eldert Grootenboer Using static port with dynamic behaviour Sandro Pereira: "Once again great job Eldert! Excelent tip, well explain and in clearly way. Excellent addition to the TechNet Wiki!"
LG: "The article is somehow unclear."

Bronze Award Winner


Lex Hegt BizTalk Tracking Cheat Sheet LG: "It is really unknown feature, discovered by author. Kudos!"
Sandro Pereira: "Binding files are now more easy to understand thanks to you Lex. Great article."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  Forefront Identity Manager Technical Guru - March 2016  

Gold Award Winner


Jeff Ingalls FIM2010/MIM2016: How to Bulk Export Connector and Disconnector Status from an AD Domain PG: "A nice piece of "FIM/MIM bit", quick practical solution for a practical problem. Keep up the good work!"
AM: "Great article!"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

  • DirSync: Trigger execution through FIM Worfklow by Nafe Jeries
    PG: "By design the normal data sync and the password sync are separate processes. You should not mix them."
    Other comments noted by judges: "The solution of this article is a shortcut/bypass of the normal DirSync processes. Which is a violation of best practices."

Guru Award Microsoft Azure Technical Guru - March 2016 

Gold Award Winner

Emiliano Musso Create Azure Database and use it via C# JH: "Good introduction on creating, managing and connecting to good old Azure SQL DB."
TN: "Good article helping developer working with Azure programmatically"

Silver Award Winner

Samir Farhat Azure IaaS V2 (ARM) Design Series : Azure Subscriptions JH: "Everyone working with Azure uses a subscription, but do not think about seem more deply. Good overview of Azure subscriptions."
TN: "A good read, nice work"

Bronze Award Winner

Kia Zhi Tang (Ryen Tang) Microsoft Azure: Deploying Site to Site VPN Connection with Citrix NetScaler CloudBridge TN: "This article is extremely helpful and provides real-world scenario. "
JH: "Nice overview about using the Citrix NetScaler VPX to connect your private cloud to Azure."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  Miscellaneous Technical Guru - March 2016 

Gold Award Winner

SYEDSHANU EASY KIDS LEARN using MVC and AngularJS Peter Laker: "Great article Syed, some good work this month!"
Richard Mueller: "Lots of code and detailed steps. Good use of Wiki guidelines."

Silver Award Winner

Santhakumar Munuswamy Getting Started With Agent SmartWatch Apps Peter Laker: "Very interesting! Just the kind of thing we love. I'm gonna go try!"
Richard Mueller: "Great images. Good detailed steps. Perhaps this could use a TOC."

Bronze Award Winner

Carmelo La Monica nternet-of-things-part-3-our-first-application.aspx Peter Laker: "Great introduction Carmelo, thanks for sharing!"
Richard Mueller: "Great images and detailed steps."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  SharePoint 2010 / 2013 Technical Guru - March 2016 

The only article this month is on hold, while some facts around "Alternate Access Mappings" are checked.
The article will be automatically rolled over to April in the meantime.

Guru Award  Small Basic Technical Guru - March 2016 

Gold Award Winner

Yvan Leduc How to produce a complete music chord using SoundPlay.Music in Small Basic DEVA: "Great Music app Yvan :)"
Michiel Van Hoorn: "Great, music!"

Silver Award Winner

Nonki Takahashi Small Basic: Program DEVA: "Great Stuff Nonki :)"
Michiel Van Hoorn: "Thanks Nonki!"


Guru Award  SQL BI and Power BI Technical Guru - March 2016 

Gold Award Winner

Greg Deckler DAX the Language RB: "Good article"
PT: "Both entries this month are fantastic, concise articles on useful DAX applications... and since you submitted both, I don't have to pick a winner! They BOTH win! Greg, thank you for this contribution to the TechNet Wiki. "

Silver Award Winner

Greg Deckler Aggregating Duration/Time in DAX RB: "Another very good article"
PT: "Both entries this month are fantastic, concise articles on useful DAX applications... and since you submitted both, I don't have to pick a winner! They BOTH win! Greg, thank you for this contribution to the TechNet Wiki."


Guru Award  SQL Server General and Database Engine Technical Guru - March 2016 

Gold Award Winner

Chervine Query Unstructured Data from SQL Server using Polybase Peter Laker: "An awesome article Chervine, beautifully laid out and illustrated too."
AN: "Very nice article!"

Silver Award Winner

FLauffer SQL Server Storage: Checking Volumes Block Sizes Peter Laker: "Short but concise! Good comment from Shanky re code snippets, would improve it more."
AN: "Thanks for the tip!"


Guru Award  Transact-SQL Technical Guru - March 2016 

Gold Award Winner

Diegoctn How to recover views and procedures dropped by mistake> Richard Mueller: "Great information that can be useful. Good example to demonstrate. Would be good to explain how the code works. Also, avoid first person and try not to write as if it is a blog post."
CA: "A good start!"


Guru Award  Universal Windows Apps Technical Guru - March 2016 

Gold Award Winner

Manuel Cota How to Use Microsoft's Direct Music Producer to create Music for a UWP Video Game JH: "Music is something that makes good games great ones. Nice introduction to Microsoft's DirectMusic Producer."
BE: "Great article!"


Guru Award  Visual Basic Technical Guru - March 2016 

Gold Award Winner

.paul. VB.Net OOP Areas and Volumes Calculator Carmelo La Monica: "Very useful article and very good vb net code. Congrats !"
Richard Mueller: "Nicely done, with good use of Wiki guidelines and images."


Guru Award  Visual C# Technical Guru - March 2016 

Gold Award Winner

Sibeesh Venu Caching In Web API Carmelo La Monica: "Fantastic topics, very detailed in all parts."
AP: "Great article!"

Silver Award Winner

Emiliano Musso Create Azure Database and use it via C# Carmelo La Monica: "Great work and very useful. Congrats for your sample."
AP: "Nice sample Emiliano"

Bronze Award Winner

Sibeesh Venu Chart Widgets With Server Side Data In MVC Using Angular JS And Web API Carmelo La Monica: "Very good sample, images and code, very detailed."
AP: "Very nice article!"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  Wiki and Portals Technical Guru - March 2016 

Gold Award Winner

Richard Mueller Wiki: Glossary of Acronyms Specific to Microsoft Peter Laker: "A very useful list, thank you Richard!"
AN: "Great article!"

Silver Award Winner

Ed Price - MSFT Excel Portal Peter Laker: "A great jumping in point, worth a bookmark! Thanks Ed!"
AN: "Thanks Edwardo!"


Guru Award  Windows PowerShell Technical Guru - March 2016 

Gold Award Winner

VGSandz Windows Auto Logon with PowerShell Jan Egil Ring: "Thanks VGS"
Alan Carlos: "Nice article! Congrats!"
Richard Mueller: "Good use of Wiki guidelines. Good code examples. We can use some links to references."


Guru Award  Windows Server Technical Guru - March 2016 

Gold Award Winner

Nathanaël Stassart Build a SharePoint Server 2016 Reference Image (Sysprep) JM: "This is a thorough, well presented and excellent article on SharePoint server deployment. Thanks for your contribution"
Mark Parris: "Good Reference article."
Alan Carlos: "Wow! Great article!"
Richard Mueller: "Very detailed steps and recommendations. The images help. Grammar needs work."

Silver Award Winner

Kia Zhi Tang (Ryen Tang) Nano Server: Deploying ASP.NET 5 site on Internet Information Services (IIS) Web Server JM: "This article on deploying an ASP.NET site on IIS in Nano server is excellent! Thanks for your contribution"
Mark Parris: "Nice Nano Server article, the library of information is growing."
Alan Carlos: ""
Richard Mueller: "Detailed steps with PowerShell code. Good use of Wiki guidelines, but the "See Also" should be links to other Wiki articles."

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

Hopefully we will see you ALL again in April's 2014'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:

Coming soon!

Comments (21)

  1. Congrats to all the winners.Thank You all Judges for the good words.

  2. FLauffer says:

    Congratulations to all contributors and thank you all the judges for your work and time!

  3. Syed – EASY KIDS LEARN using MVC and AngularJS

    Wow, that’s super ambitious!

  4. Syed, I fixed the typo from December to March.


  5. Congrats to all the winners!

  6. Congratz!! Well earned 🙂

  7. Looks Like IRS put an hold on my SharePoint wiki article. 🙁

  8. Congratulation to all !
    My favorite goes again to the Nano Server one ! Thanks Ryen ! Clear work !

    >> I’m Calling all SharePoint Guru for next month ! There is so much work to do on SharePoint !

    Note : The gold Transact-SQL article has been removed.

  9. Congrats to all the winners. Thank you so much for all Judges..

  10. Congratulations to all the winners. Thank You all judges and contributors for your work and time.

  11. Pete Laker says:

    Thanks to all the contributors, judges and readers! Mistakes in article now air brushed out 😉

  12. Sibeesh Venu says:

    Many congrats to all. Thanks much to the judges 🙂

  13. pituach says:

    Congrats to all the Winners
    Well done all contributors 🙂

  14. Heartiest congratulations to all the winners!

  15. Tarh ik says:

    Congratulations to all the winners!!!! This was a great, great surprise!!! Thanks to all the judges for their kind words and encouragement, and to Pete Laker and the XAML Guy for organizing the event!!!!

  16. Shanky_621 says:

    Well competition is good but TechNet wiki Sucks, You have to click multiple times to post an article, on link “Post an Article” when you click it just throws you exception. Sometimes you save your article and error comes and whole content is gone. I suggest first fix this, this should be utmost important. What do you cherish about this crappy wiki which does not works fine. There sre plethora of bugs and this is not the first time it is being reported but many a times. And I am sure NO BODY takes notice of this. Pathetic, Pathetic

    1. So true. The long story was that the team had to instead work on a blog migration. So after a year and a half or so, we’re ready to report these bugs again. I’m starting with your description.


  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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