TechNet Guru Winners May 2016

All the votes are in! 


And below are the results for the TechNet Guru Awards, May 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 - May 2016 
Gold Award Winner


Kjetil Tonstad Top 10 Tips From a BizTalk Admin to BizTalk Developers TGN: "I love this, how to help each other. Well done Kjetil!"
JS: "Integration apps are a lot more than coding. Always remember these."
SW: "Great article. With the current DevOps trend alignment between developers and administors is key!"
Ed Price: "This is a good set of tips, with a few helpful images, and the Reference links at the bottom give more context. Great job!"
Silver Award Winner


Eldert Grootenboer BizTalk Server: Processing large files (streaming) Ed Price: "Great mix of code, images, and descriptions. Although the code isn't broken up much (with explanations of what the code does), all the code comments make up for it and make it super clear! Good to end with the See Also section!"
SW: "Streaming large message can be a challenge with BizTalk. This article provide guidance in that area. Very good!"
TGN: "I love this, well explained and a question that is very relevant to BizTalk"
Bronze Award Winner


SMSVikasK BizTalk Server 2013 R2 Dynamics CRM Online / On Premise CRUD Operations (Part 1) JS: "Seeing a lot of CRM lately. Good info for anyone who hasn't worked with it before."
SW: "CRUD om Dynamics guidance article. Good"
Ed Price: "Great description (I like CRUD) and fantastic use of images, although it would be better with more explanations in the text."
TGN: "Why did you split these up into to articles? good article though"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:


Guru Award  Forefront Identity Manager Technical Guru - May 2016 
Gold Award Winner


Peter Geelen FIM2010 / MIM2016: Run profile statistics with PowerShell and Excel Pivot Tables Ed Price: "I love the code formatting with the scroll bar. Great explanations and use of images!"
Silver Award Winner


Peter Geelen FIM2010 / MIM2016: Run profile statistics with SQL and Excel Pivot Tables Ed Price: "It's great to have the downloads on TechNet Gallery!"


Guru Award  Microsoft Azure Technical Guru - May 2016 
Gold Award Winner


Bhushan Gawale Getting Started with Azure Automation DSC AS: "Very good and helpful article! Thanks for publishing!"
Ed Price: "Great starting point for learning Azure Auotmation DSC! Good use of images and code, with excellent explnations!"
Silver Award Winner


Sibeesh Venu Creating Azure Mobile App With Visual Studio  AS: "Good starting point, but for me all screenshots are broken - none of them is visible. I would find it particularly useful if you just have provided links to a more detailed article(s) on how to configure Visual Studio for windows Mobile development. And probably just show a sample with HTML/JS or UWP (if it is available)"
Ed Price: "What an important topic that's very ewll described! The images add a lot of value!"
Bronze Award Winner


Sandro Pereira Azure Logic Apps: Tips and Tricks about the “new” Logic Apps Designer AS: "A good overview of designer features! I would however also expect to see the less known fact that drop down lists are actually filtered and there is much more to discover when youe begin typing into the search field."
Ed Price: "The images are magnificently assembled to make this process incredibly clear. A very important topic! Great job!"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  Miscellaneous Technical Guru - May 2016 
Gold Award Winner


Chilberto Connecting a BitBucket Repository to Visual Studio Team Services Richard Mueller: "Well explained. We need links/references."
Ed Price: "Great use of images. This is a fantastic scenario! It could use a See Also section. "
Silver Award Winner


Carmelo La Monica Manage analog sensor with Raspberry pi2 Richard Mueller: "Grammar needs work and we need links/references."
Ed Price: "Thorough, and great to have the code and images! But it could benefit from breaking apart the code and explaining what it does more, as well as ending with See Also and References sections. Great to have the TOC."


Guru Award  SharePoint 2010 / 2013 Technical Guru - May 2016 
Gold Award Winner


Dan Christian How to build a custom report for SharePoint Server lists, libraries or sites John Naguib: "Great one well done"
Margriet Bruggeman: "Great article with not only text, but also images and videos to make this very user friendly."
Hezequias Vasconcelos: "Great article. Content technical good.Well detailed, great of attached reference materials. Excellent technical guide."
Ed Price: "Fantastically thorough, with great images and explanations, and once again, your YouTube videos just blow me away, with how well they help tell the story and are integrated into the article like this! It's a true art form!"
Silver Award Winner


Waqas Sarwar SharePoint 2016 How to Change SuitBar’s Text PowerShell Hezequias Vasconcelos: "Good content new platform SharePoint 2016. great scripts and well distributed in the Shell"
Ed Price: "Short and sweet! Fantastic scenario. It could use more references and links to other Wiki articles."
Bronze Award Winner


Vivek JAGGA Alternative Solutions to the Deprecated Features in SharePoint 2016 Ed Price: "I love how you're very clear at the front of this article (as an overview) and then dig deeper into the specifics. Good references at the end."
John Naguib: "Nice article you can add also the development area"
Margriet Bruggeman: "Useful article with good alternatives. "

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:


Guru Award  Small Basic Technical Guru - May 2016 
Gold Award Winner


Philip Munts Small Basic: Simpler and Cheaper Raspberry Pi GPIO Michiel Van Hoorn: "This is really Awesome (see also the original article). It opens up Small Basic to the real world. "
Ed Price: "Building off his Raspbery Pi article, this article does an amazing job of digging deeper and showing you more options, such as Rasperry Pi Zero."
Silver Award Winner


Nonki Takahashi Small Basic: Image Michiel Van Hoorn: "Really cool overview of working with Images (like photos) in SmallBasic. We good topic to inspire programming"
Ed Price: "Very thorough end to end overview of using Images!"


Guru Award  SQL BI and Power BI Technical Guru - May 2016 
Gold Award Winner


Greg Deckler Good Ol' VLOOKUP - The Ultimate Guide to Lookups in Power BI PT: "Quite a valuable and well-written article. Thank you for the extensive coverage of various lookup techniques."
RB: "Interesting comparison of the lookup techniques available within Power BI."
Silver Award Winner


Anil Maharjan How to find a Calculated Measure and Calculated Dimension within a particular cube PT: "This submission a very brief and just mentions a little information that is common knowlege and easily discovered with a simple web search."
RB: "Interesting tip, a screen dump of the result with all the columns would have been great."


Guru Award  SQL Server General and Database Engine Technical Guru - May 2016 
Gold Award Winner


Chervine Stretching SQL Server 2016 tables to the Azure Cloud JS: "Great article, your explanations and samples are spot on."
Ed Price: "Super valuable scenario! Love the diagram, code snippets, and screen shots!"
Silver Award Winner


Shanky What Does Fragmentation Means In a Heap Table In SQL Server Ed Price: "Very thorough! Great references at the end."


Guru Award  System Center Technical Guru - May 2016 
Gold Award Winner


vishwanatham sridhar SCOM Connector Design prototype Ed Price: "Great scenario with some helpful reference links!"
Silver Award Winner


Anders Rodland SCCM 2012 R2 step-by-step: upgrade of SP1 to current branch - Step by Step Ed Price: "Missing the images. Very thorough steps! Great use of the TOC. Could benefit from references."
Bronze Award Winner


Anders Rodland System Center Configuration Manager Build Numbers Ed Price: "Good collection of builds and KBs!"


Guru Award  Transact-SQL Technical Guru - May 2016 

No medals this month, but also worth a mention was the other entry this month, which failed to meet the judges quality bar for a medal this month:


Guru Award  Universal Windows Apps Technical Guru - May 2016 
Gold Award Winner


Namrah Khurram Traffic Lights Simulation via LEDs on Raspberry Pi TGN: "Man this is cool. Good information and well structured. well I'm impresses Namrah!"
Ed Price: "A cool scenario that's masterfully explained! The code has great formatting. It could benefit from See Also and References sections at the end."
Silver Award Winner


Manuel Cota "DrawIndexedInstanced and the Concepts behind a Home-Made Game Engine" Ed Price: "It could benefit from a TOC at the top and from See Also and References sections at the bottom, but I love how this breaks down the code and explains everything in depth! Great use of diagrams!"
TGN: "I learned a lot from this article. Well done, thanks for sharing!"
Bronze Award Winner


Sajid Ali Khan UWP: Things Required To Do Right After Creation of New Project Ed Price: "Great use of images and good References section at the end! I love how the code is both on GitHub and MSDN Gallery and hiw the download links are given!"
TGN: "This can help a lot of people, my favorite this month! Thanks for sharing Sajid"


Guru Award  Visual C# Technical Guru - May 2016 
Gold Award Winner


Emiliano Musso Entity Framework Introduction using C#, part I Ed Price: "This is a masterful article, It's thoroughly broken down, and it leverages images, great code formatting, and even a download and an Italian language version at the end!"
Jaliya Udagedara: "Great article with step by step explanation. If you are a newbie to EF, read this one article which will cover most of the basics. And you can download the sample code from MSDN Code Gallery."
Carmelo La Monica: "Good and very impressive article, it explain in all parts Entity Framework 7, i attend second part "
Silver Award Winner


SYEDSHANU MVC ASP.NET Identity customizing for adding profile image Carmelo La Monica: "Very good expression, good images and very detailed in all parts."
Ed Price: "Very thorough steps! Great scenario!"
Jaliya Udagedara: "Good article explaining how you can manage your profile picture with a ASP.NET MVC application. Sample code is available in MSDN Code Gallery."


Guru Award  Wiki and Portals Technical Guru - May 2016 
Gold Award Winner


Peter Geelen Wiki: Fixing table layout (table right side off page) Richard Mueller: "Great information that will help a great deal to fix tables in the Wiki. Good use of Wiki guidelines."
Ed Price: "This is a fantastic solution from Peter!"


Guru Award  Windows PowerShell Technical Guru - May 2016 
Gold Award Winner


Matt McNabb Office 365: How to Manager User License Lifecycle with PowerShell Ed Price: "Wow! Great description of these steps, and it ends well with several other links to dig into!"
Richard Mueller: "Good TOC. An excellent idea to code this and overcome limitations. This should be very useful."
Silver Award Winner


Arleta Wanat SharePoint Online: Get all checked-out files using Powershell Richard Mueller: "Good headings and TOC. Good ideas and well explained."
Ed Price: "Great scenario and use of PowerShell code!"


Guru Award  Windows Server Technical Guru - May 2016 
Gold Award Winner


Kia Zhi Tang (Ryen Tang) Nano Server: Using New-NanoServerImage with Show-Command to deploy Nano Server Mark Parris: "Excellent article on the deployment of Nano server. "
JM: "This is an excellent article on building a new Nano Server, thanks for your contribution!"
Richard Mueller: "Good use of Wiki guidelines, with even horizontal rules and Return to top links. Show-Command is a very interesting feature I like a lot. Good references."


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

Hopefully we will see you ALL again in June 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


More about the TechNet Guru Awards:

Forum posts:

Coming soon!

Comments (27)

  1. Congrats to all the Winners and Thank You all Judges 🙂

  2. This time i’am missing my Miscellaneous Article 🙁

    1. Syed, sorry! We’ll get it into the next month!

      1. No Sorry 🙂 Thank You for the update ,We are more happy with sharing our article here 🙂 and more happy when our article got selected 🙂 Its boost us 🙂 Happy Sharing

  3. Chervine says:

    Yay! I won gold 🙂
    Thanks to all contributors and judges.

    1. Congrats Chervine! These judge comments do a great job at explaining how high quality your article is!

      JS: “Great article, your explanations and samples are spot on.”
      Ed Price: “Super valuable scenario! Love the diagram, code snippets, and screen shots!”

  4. Thank you Pete, and thank you to the judges!
    Congratulations to all partecipants and winners!

  5. Congratulations to all winners!

  6. Saeid Hasani says:

    Congrats to all authors!
    Happy to see good changes for improving the articles quality! Thanks judges for enforcing quality policies!
    Thanks Pete & Ed! 🙂

    1. You’re welcome! And what we can do is just keep encouraging folks and showing them how to write quality articles. Thanks!

  7. SMSVikasK says:

    Congratulations to all winners ! and Thank You all Judges 🙂

    1. Congratulations on your award! It was a competitive month for BizTalk!

  8. Woo hoo!! Nice job everyone! And judges, I salute you!

    1. Congratulation to All, 2nd silver medal back to back….No gold yet….But i feel proud, the comments i received from the Judges, Almost every article highlighted. Thanks Judge for your effort and for nice words for me….that is a lot for me.

  9. Congratulation to All, 2nd silver medal back to back….No gold yet….But i feel proud, the comments i received from the Judges, Almost every article highlighted. Thanks Judge for your effort and for nice words for me….that is a lot for me

    1. You definitely earned it with some great articles! There are a lot of great comments from the judges. Look at the comments for all the articles and look at the winning articles. That will help you increase the quality of your next article. I do that too! It’s very inspiring to see what others are doing!

  10. Congratulation to all winners and Thank you Judges 🙂

  11. Congratulations to all winners! Thank you all judges for their time. 🙂

  12. Big congrats go out to our two multi-award winners this month:
    3 Awards: Peter Geelen (2 Gold, 1 Silver)
    2 Awards: Anders Rodland (1 Silver, 1 Bronze)

    1. Thank you very much. Glad I could contribute.

  13. Tarh ik says:

    Awesome!!! Got Silver!!! The judges are right, I could have worked a little bit more and make the suggested points. I’ll add them this weekend since the REAL WINNER is the reader who finds something useful in the article.

    Congrats to all participants, and thank you all judges!!!! ^_^

    Long live the Wiki!!!!!!!

  14. Sibeesh Venu says:

    Congrats to all :). Thanks much to all the judges 🙂

  15. 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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