At last, it’s the TechNet Guru Awards! July 2016

All the votes are FINALLY in! !!!

A long vote this month due to... well, Summer breaks!


And below are eventually the results for the TechNet Guru Awards, July 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.


 BizTalk Technical Guru - July 2016 


Kjetil Tonstad 22x Latency Improvement In BizTalk Without Changing The Code Sandro Pereira: "A pure simple masterpiece! Well done Kjetil Tonstad."
LG: "A good real-life example, which is very helpful. Thank you for sharing!"


Mandar Dharmadhikari Analysis of Scenario Which Results in TDDS Crash LG: "Interesting finding. Thanks for sharing!"
Sandro Pereira: "Another great addiction to the TechNet Wiki. Very useful tip. In terms of content, the layout (text, pictures, headers, empty spaces) could be significantly improved because presentation is also good for a better read experience of the article "


Rahul Madaan Using TIBCO EMS adapter in BizTalk Sandro Pereira: "Not easy to find information about this topic. Nice addiction to the TechNet Wiki. Regarding to the article, it can be a little improved with more content, the layout should be improved and for better reading some of the picture should be follow by the commands in pure text. Nevertheless, great start "

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:


 Forefront Identity Manager Technical Guru - July 2016 



Jeff Ingalls Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 Schema Ed Price: "Wow! I was reading this, not sure what to make of it, because there isn't a ton of text breaking it down. But when I started scrolling down that first table, I realized how amazing and valuable the data is! And then the Gallery item just really tops off this article. Great job!"


Peter Geelen Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 Handbook: Online Companion Guide Ed Price: "Fantastic resource and companion to the book! Very helpful to break down the topics!"


 Microsoft Azure Technical Guru - July 2016 


Kia Zhi Tang (Ryen Tang) Microsoft Azure: Deploying Windows Server 2016 Nano Server JH: "Maybe one of the largest articles I have seen, but a good one."
AS: "Good and comprehensive article, but a bit too long for me. It could have been split into 2 or even 3 different in a series."


Eldert Grootenboer Integrating Service Bus Stack With Logic Apps And Azure Functions JH: "Contains a lot of example code. Good for getting started with Service Bus and Logic Apps."
AS: "Good catch and guide on the different handling of Service Bus messages in different services. I would also like to see here the security settings configuration of the function required to be able to properly see it in the list of Logic App designer."


Bhushan Gawale Azure key vault essentials for beginners JH: "Good introduction to Key Vault."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:


 Miscellaneous Technical Guru - July 2016 


Ronen Ariely
Sabah Shariq
List of forums by Languages, categories, and field of discussions Richard Mueller: "Excellent use of Wiki Guidelines, with even "Return to Top" links (these help in such a long article). This article allows us to search for the forums we want easily. Listing them by category helps."
Ed Price: "Very valuable article, that already has 55 revisions. I see this as an article that's going to get a lot of use from readers and tweaks from contributors!"


Ken Cenerelli Killing zombie Google Chrome processes Richard Mueller: "Very well explained. Useful code to know and use. The link to the code in the script gallery should be in the References section rather than the See Also, as it is not a Wiki. I like the references."
Ed Price: "Interesting title! Great and clear write-up, and it features a number of helpful links to learn more on this topic of using Chrome on Windows. Thanks!"


SYEDSHANU Getting Started with ASP.NET Core 1.0 RC2 and Angular2 Ed Price: "Wow! This is incredibly deep. Love the See Also link and Download link to the source code on TechNet Gallery! Great introduction and use of images. If you need a grammar pass, please ask people for help! Then check this history to see what tweaks were made."
Richard Mueller: "Detailed steps in this article, but I found the explanation hard to follow. The external links should be collected in an "Other Resources" section. Grammar needs work."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

 SharePoint 2010 / 2013 Technical Guru - July 2016 


Amjad Khan SharePoint SharePoint Online: Create Site Columns, Content Type and Associate with Custom List or Library at site collection level using PowerShell and CSOM John Naguib: "Excellent article"
Ed Price: "I love the diagrams, description at the top, and the download to the code! It would be good to break the long code block up into sections to explain what the code does more. Great formatting with Headers and the TOC!"


Shantha Kumar T Work with host web data using PnP JS library in the SharePoint Hosted Add-In John Naguib: "Incredible to have such topic discussed, excellent"
Ed Price: "Valuable scenario, great descriptions, and good use of images and code! It could benefit from a References section at the end with more resources to dig into."


Waqas Sarwar SharePoint 2016 Managing Alternate Access Mapping Using PowerShell (Real World Example) Ed Price: "Good use of a See Also section. This is very clear and easy to read! Includes kudos from Arleta in the comments ("Nice article. Thanks!"). It's a great scenario that's well written!"
John Naguib: "Nice article"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

 Small Basic Technical Guru - July 2016 


Nonki Takahashi Small Basic: Sample Code Ed Price: "Very helpful resource for finding what you're looking for! Thanks!"


Deva Video: Installing, running Microsoft SmallBasic in Azure Cloud @ Azure DevTestLabs Ed Price: "Excellent video!"


Nonki Takahashi Small Basic Sample: Directories Ed Price: "It's cool to see how to do this. It would benefit from an explanation. Great See Also links!"
Michiel Van Hoorn: "Interesting scripting possibility for OS file directories. Not sure if one should to this with Small Basic but it is at least possible."


 SQL BI and Power BI Technical Guru - July 2016 


Thomas LeBlanc Using a Lookup Component in SSIS PT: "Tom, you have the only entry this month so YOU WIN! Fortunately it's also a good post with answers to commonly-asked questions about the SSIS Lookup transform. Thanks"
Ed Price: "Fantastic explanations of each piece of the puzzle. Good use of images. This is common, and you go very deep with it. Thank you! It could be improved with Headers and a TOC. Great contribution!"
Ronen Ariely: "Nice article. Can be very useful. Missing some important sections like Table of content, background or introduction, conclusions, and links to get more information. I recommend to follow articles templates."


 SQL Server General and Database Engine Technical Guru - July 2016 


Prashanth Jayaram SQL-Server(s)-Inventory-Excel-CSV-Console- Using PowerShell SMO and RMO Ronen Ariely: "Important issue! The reference links are missing titles."

Ed Price: "I love the Abstract and Pre-requisites (very important and very clear to have them listed like this). The Logic Flow diagram is also incredibly helpful! As are the use of images and the Conclusion. It would be good to break up the code and explain it (and host it on MSDN/TechNet Gallery). Great article!"



Prashanth Jayaram How-To-Refresh-Multiple-sql-database(s)-Using-PowerShell Ronen Ariely: "Very useful script. TechNet Wiki is not a personal post, and articles should be written in 3rd person. There are links for references at the end, but no titles. The reader must click each link in order to know what they are."

Ed Price: "Fantastic job formatting this. The diagram in "DB Refresh Flow" is useful, but a little small. It would be good to have an image of the output earlier on. In the Code sections, it would be useful for the code to be broken into parts and then explained in depth. Then the full code could be on TechNet/MSDN Gallery and you could link to it. Great job on the code formatting and References (as Ronen mentions, it's better to embed the URL in the title of the article). And I love the Restore and Conclusion sections!"

     System Center Technical Guru - July 2016 


    sridhar vishwanatham Override creation best practices: Explicit Group issues Ed Price: "Great write ups that explain the context and then dig into the process/solution! Could benefit from See Also and Reference sections at the end."


    Nick Hogarth Configuration Manager 1606 – OMS Connector (preview feature) by Nick Hogarth Ed Price: "Great use of images as you lead the reader through the solution! Could benefit from Headers and a TOC. Just type in "[toc]" at the top to create the TOC. Good job on this article!"


     Transact-SQL Technical Guru - July 2016 


    Ronen Ariely SQL Server - Exposing masked data Samuel Lester: "Outstanding depth, thanks for the great detail on DDM strengths and limitations"
    Richard Mueller: "A great article describing a new feature. The code is well explained with detailed steps. Thanks!"


     Universal Windows Apps Technical Guru - July 2016 


    Santhakumar Munuswamy Introduction to HoloLens Ed Price: "A lot of depth and a great intro! Also good to have the Reference section at the end, and the images help provide context! Very important topic, and I'm glad we have this content on TechNet Wiki!"


    Ravindra Singh Chhabra Cortana Integration in Universal Windows Platform Apps Ed Price: "Great topic, great formatting, great use of code (including solid comments in the code), and good use of images, companion video, and code download! Great topic!"


    Timothé Larivière Compiled Binding for UWP - What’s new in the Anniversary Update? Ed Price: "Great formatting and use of code! Good to have a link at the end to the code. This article features a very lively conversation in the comments!"

    Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

    Visual States in UWP by Hussain Shahbaz Khawaja
    Ed Price: "Good use of images, and this is a great solution! It could be improved with Headers, a TOC, and a See Also section. Syed provides some good ideas in the comments. It's great to tackle this topic! Thanks!"

    Working On WebView by Prasanna M
    Ed Price: "Great to have the requirements! Good steps and use of code and images. It could benefit from Headers, a TOC, and a See Also links section."

    Understanding AutoSuggestBox In UWP by Santhakumar Munuswamy
    Ed Price: "I like how you link to the other articles in the series. And great Background info in the intro! Good use of images and code. Could benefit from headers, a TOC, and a See Also section. Another great contribution!"

     Visual Basic Technical Guru - July 2016 


    .paul. VB.Net OOP Address Book MR: "Amazing work! Thanks for submitting it!"
    Richard Mueller: "Great use of Wiki guidelines, with good images and code. We could use more references."


     Visual C# Technical Guru - July 2016 


    SYEDSHANU ASP.NET Core 1.0 RC2 and Angular2 using WEB API Jaliya Udagedara: "This is fantastic. Loved seeing use of ASP.NET Core, Angular 2 along with TypeScript. And you can download the full sample code from TechNet Gallery, Perfect!"
    Ronen Ariely: "The article organized as step-by-step case study, which I love. it starts from prerequisites till the execution, and full project code attached. Well done! "
    Carmelo La Monica: "Very great article in alla parts. Good code, Images and presentation."


    Sandeep Shekhawat Relationship in Entity Framework Using Code First Approach With Fluent API  Jaliya Udagedara: "Well explained with the use of code snippets and images. And you can play around with the code after downloading the sample from TechNet Gallery!"
    Ronen Ariely: "Great article, very nice introduction, well formatted and well explains. The option to download the Code as project is always great advantage."
    Carmelo La Monica: "Congrats for the topic. i don't know Entity framework, this is good point for to start."


    Karthik Elumalai Import-and-export-excel-files-into-varbinary-max-in-sql-server using C# Carmelo La Monica: "Great topic , great presentation and code C # related"
    Ronen Ariely: "Nice article. Missing source code link to download, missing explanations. missing "See also" section with some links. There is room for improvement."
    Jaliya Udagedara: "Would love to see more explanations around the code."

    Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

    Read-excel-files-using-open-xml-sdk-in-asp-net-c# by karthik Elumalai
    Jaliya Udagedara: "Would have been great if little more descriptions were provided. Source is available on TechNet Gallery."
    Ronen Ariely: "Nice article. can be useful. Missing some important sections like "Table Of Content", Conclusions. TechNet Wiki is not a personal post, and articles should be write in 3rd person."
    Carmelo La Monica: "Good article in all parts. Open Xml is good tool fo to manage excel file."

    Export to Excel Using NPOI DLL Library by karthik Elumalai
    Carmelo La Monica: "Very interesting article. it could to benefit with some images."
    Ronen Ariely: "Looks like a very short personal blog more then an article."
    Jaliya Udagedara: "Would love to see more explanations around the code."

    Read-excel-files-using-microsoft-office-interop-assemblies-in-asp-net-c# by karthik Elumalai
    Jaliya Udagedara: "Would love to see more explanations around the code."
    Carmelo La Monica: "Congrats. Short article but good presentatio, C# code and imeges. "
    Ronen Ariely: "Looks like a very short personal blog more then an article."

     Wiki and Portals Technical Guru - July 2016 


    Peter Geelen Wiki: Collection of Practical hints & tips for writing an article (from Wiki blog) Ronen Ariely: "very useful list of blog posts links."
    Ed Price: "Oh boy, what a powerful resource! This is awesome!"
    Richard Mueller: "An amazing collection of links to valuable information. Having this sorted into categories makes it more useful."


    SYED SHANU Wiki: Guidelines to write a good Article (meeting the expected quality) Ed Price: "A great collection of tips, and a robust set of See Also links!"
    Richard Mueller: "A good addition to the articles assisting new Wiki authors. A very good "See Also" section."


    Peter Geelen Wiki: Portal or Survival guide? Ed Price: "Nice comparison and breakdown between the two!"
    Richard Mueller: "Great information and well explained. This helps clarify the difference between these important types of articles. Excellent use of the Wiki guidelines."

    Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

    Wiki Governance: Feedback on Wiki performance by Peter Geelen
    Richard Mueller: "A great idea to solicit detailed feedback, which hopefully will help the developers troubleshoot issues."
    Ronen Ariely: ""
    Ed Price: "Great resource for troubleshooting!"

     Windows PowerShell Technical Guru - July 2016 


    Prashanth Jayaram PowerShell- DiskSpaceGUI-Tool-MultiServer(s)-Grid-Email-Search-Features Richard Mueller: "Well explained with good images, code, and references. Lots of code. Could interesting or novel sections of the code be highlighted and futher explained? Perhaps the code should be in the script Gallery."
    Ed Price: "Great descriptions. Could benefit from a formatting pass (font style, for example) and more of a breakdown of the code block so that you know what each part of the code does. Good use of images and good Conclusion. Great References section, but it might be good to embed the links in the titles of the articles so that we know what the articles are about a little better. Great contribution!"


    Arleta Wanat Powershell GridView to help with SharePoint data viewing Ed Price: "Good use of images and helpful article, but a little light in the explanations. Could use a See Also section with Wiki links."
    Richard Mueller: "Interesting. We could use more explanation and references."


    Maor Bracha Azure & Office365 Available and consumed licenses report for MS partners Ed Price: "This is a good topic, but it would be more valuable to include the code, breaking it down and explaining what it does. "
    Richard Mueller: "We need more explanation of the code. Also, references and a "See Also" would help."


     Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) Technical Guru - July 2016 


    Magnus (MM8) WPF: Enabling ClearType On a TextBox Ed Price: "Great wrhite-up and use of code! Could benefit from Headers and a TOC. Very helpful topic!"


     Windows Server Technical Guru - July 2016 


    Peter Geelen Best Practices for Internal AD Domain and Network Names Mark Parris: "Knowledge that all Active Directory Administrators need to know."
    Richard Mueller: "Very well explained and a good addition to the Wiki in this category. I especially like the references."
    JM: "This is a great article on naming conventions for AD, thanks for your contribution"


    Kia Zhi Tang (Ryen Tang) Nano Server: Deploying Python 3.x interpreter JM: "This is an excellent article on Python in Nano Server, thanks for your contribution"
    Mark Parris: "Good insights on Nano Server and Python Interpreter"
    Richard Mueller: "Great use of Wiki guidelines with good references and a great "See Also" section."

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

    Best regards,
    Pete Laker

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    More about the TechNet Guru Awards:

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    Comments (32)

    1. .paul. _ says:

      It’s here finally… Seems every winner in every category has won a gold. No silver or bronze icons?

      1. Ha! That’s an image glitch. Thanks for pointing it out. We’ll look into it.

        1. Nick Hogarth says:

          Thanks guys. So that means I didn’t win gold? lol.

        2. .paul. _ says:

          Ok. Glad to help 😀
          Thanks for the comments, and well done to the winners…

    2. Congratulation to the winners( i am also part of winning team). Thank You judges and thanks for nice comment make me happy.

    3. Thank You all the Judges for your Kind words and time.Congrats to All the Winners 🙂

    4. pituach says:

      Congrats to all winners.
      Well done all contributor!

    5. Thanks to all the judges and congrats to all the winners!

    6. Thanks to all judges and thanks for nice comment on my entries. Congrats all winner. Glad to see my name in winner list 🙂

    7. My hearty and kind thanks for all the judges.Finally i got my first award and will provide my best best in the future.Once again thanks to all .

      1. Thank you, Karthik, for your hard work on this!

    8. Congrats to all the winners. Thank you for Pete and all the Judges

    9. Congratulations to all the winners and contributors and Thanks to the judges. Happy to win the first medal on first technet wiki post..

      1. Mandar, congratulations on your first medal!

    10. Shanky_621 says:

      Its bit strange to see DBE section articles do not meet the bar. They were informative. Anyways judges decision is final. Congrats to the winners. Its good to see some strict policy from judges

      1. Peter Geelen says:

        @shanky, it’s a fair comment, the comments on these articles were pretty constructive, so there is a need to upgrade/update the articles to get better quality, but that would mean they still can participate in the competition, eg for silver. Currently the tool only allows to pass/block articles (pass or fail the quality check). We’re looking into it a more gentle approach, eg for articles that don’t meet the bar for gold medal…

      2. pituach says:

        Thanks for notice the issue Shanky 🙂
        There was a mistake, which we fixed

        1. Thanks for your valuable feedback Ronen and Congratulations!!

          I feel the articles missing some important things as you mentioned. I din’t see any constructive feedback on its contents as well. I understand the judges decision are final but it’s my request to disqualify both the articles just to maintain the Wiki standards.


          1. Prashanth, we had a few suggestions for improvements, but the issue was in the judging tool. You won a gold and silver medal, as decided by the judges. Ronen updated the blog post. Great job!

            1. Thanks Ed for your reply. Usually award winning article have some constructive feedback. After seeing PG reply, I felt that my article is not meeting the WIKI standards. I feel there is room for improvement on every article, if we revisit some time later like a month or two.
              I have great respect in all judges. They are doing their job efficiently. Being an author of the article, have do my job effectively.

              “Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker

              Thanks for inspiring many with your kind reply and keep track of every thread. You are playing your role efficiently.

              Yay…Three medals ( 2 Gold and 1 Silver) this time:-).

              Thanks again!!

            2. I added my judge comments in. They came from me and a few folks that we mentioned offline, so I thought it better to just list them out as judge comments (that’s why they’re long). Thanks, Prashanth! Great job this month!

          2. Prashanth Jayaram Your articles are well qualified.Congrats and keep up the good work.

            1. Thanks Syed for your reply. You are playing amazing role and even your blogs are coming up so nicely nowadays.

              Congratulations on Winning medal!!!


    11. Thanks to all judges, and congrats to the winners 🙂

    12. Thanks Ed and Richard Muller for your valuable and constructive feedback.I will keep in mind and follow what’s been said in the comments.

      Thanks again!!


    13. Sabah Shariq says:

      Thank you to all the judges and congratulation to all the winners (I am also part of the winning team).

      1. Thank you Sabah for your contribution with Ronen!

    14. Congratulation to all Winners. Thank you for the time to all Judges. Great effort to all Contributors.

    15. Thanks John Naguib and Ed Price and all Judges for well wishes.

      @Ed Price : Your comments are really help me to boost my confidence to contribute further. I will certainly take care of breaking the code to further extend and explain the same in details.

      This is my first TechNet wiki contribution competition article. Thankfully received gold for the same.

    16. John Naguib says:

      Congratulations to all winners and thanks to all contributors and judges

    17. Arleta Wanat says:

      Thanks to all the judges and congrats to all the winners!

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