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It's the TechNet Guru Awards! May 2017

All the votes are in!  


And below are the results for the TechNet Guru Awards, May 2017 !!!!


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.

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. Technical Guru - May 2017 
Gold Award Winner  HansamaliGamage ASP.NET Core : How to show a confirmation dialog with jquery Jeff Fritz: "Very well written with step-by-step instructions with great screenshots."Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Good write up, worth to read. Nice use of images."Khanna Gaurav: "Great Stuff. Great use of code and images."Sabah Shariq: "Great article! with nice step by step explanation.Liked the background on top of the article to insights before reading the article."SYEDSHANU: "Nice article with detailed explanation"
Silver Award Winner  RajeeshMenoth QR Code Generator In ASP.NET Core Using ZXING.NET Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Interesting write up."Khanna Gaurav: "Nice article"Sabah Shariq: "Nice article. But a more explanation on code implementation part about what it is doing will be helpful to readers."SYEDSHANU: "useful post ,It will be good to add more detailed explanation."Jeff Fritz: "There is very little prose written around the code or images in this article. It also is promoting a community library and feels like it would be better presented as a blog post."
Bronze Award Winner  Fiyaz Hasan Execute javascript code from ASP.NET Core back-end using NodeServices Jeff Fritz: "This article felt too much like I was being talked to, and not as much like a reference document walking through how to complete a task"Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Good to see NodeServices article, nicely explained"Sabah Shariq: "Nice. Article needs lot of improvement in formatting and code explanation."SYEDSHANU: "Nice post,Missing TOC,Source Code and Getting Started points"


 BizTalk Technical Guru - May 2017 
Gold Award Winner  Mauricio Feijo BizTalk Server: Making sure Visual Studio is running "As administrator" when developing for BizTalk Server Sandro Pereira: "Again, an article that describes a simple daily task. In today's current SO's this is a tip that can save hours of your work. Congrats."TGN: "nice tip!"
Silver Award Winner  Vignesh Sukumar Management REST API services of BizTalk server 2016 - Feature Pack1 TGN: "Great write up of the management REST APIs shipped in Feature pack 1"Sandro Pereira: "Probably it could be the best article of the month... But the lack of care in the layout, indentation, to follow the default templates, use photos instead of code, etc. make it bored/dificult to read"
Bronze Award Winner  Mauricio Feijo BizTalk Server: Generating instances from schemas with multiple root nodes TGN: "great tips of a little unkown secret."Sandro Pereira: "I like articles describing the simple daily task, some people think they are simple but sometimes they forget the basics. This is an approach but in my case, the wrong approach, as one of the comments in the article mention the more elegant way of handling this situation is by playing with 'Root Reference' property of the schema."


 Forefront Identity Manager Technical Guru - May 2017 
Gold Award Winner  Priyaranjan KS Resolve issues that occur while starting SharePoint Synchronization using Microsoft Identity Manager(MIM) Muditha Jayath Chathuranga: "Detailed explanations of the process. Clear screenshots to help the reader understand the steps."


 Microsoft Azure Technical Guru - May 2017 
Gold Award Winner  Emiliano Musso C#: Face Detection and Recognition with Azure Face API Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "Rocked the topic! :D"Eric Berg: "Thank you for this nice guide."Anton Staykov: "nice example for Face API."Dileepa Kariyawasam: "Good topic. Nicely written."Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Well explained write up. Good explanation with the use of code."
Silver Award Winner  HansamaliGamage Send smtp email with Azure blob storage attachments Dileepa Kariyawasam: "Interesting Article and is nicely written. Overall a good topic. Would have been better if a conclusion was given to finish the article in style."Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Good explanation of the topic with the great use of images and code."Anton Staykov: "I am having hard time to understand why you first upload the image/video to the blob storage, and then download for the e-mail. I am missing the concept. What would have been better - is to have an HTML e-mail where content (images / styles) were directly referenced from the blob storage."Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "A great writeup, but I would recommend adding the code blocks as plain-text, users cannot copy/paste the image content."Eric Berg: "Thank you for this nice is a bit hard to read, because of the source-code and screenshot of the same code...."Lasse Wedø: "I find the use of images and code samples redundant, images of code could be removed, making the article look better."


 Miscellaneous Technical Guru - May 2017 
Gold Award Winner  U.Servin O365: Prepare and Execute a virtual CIE Session Dileepa Kariyawasam: "Excellent article. Gives good insights to CIE facilitators."Lasse Wedø: ""Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "I loved the article's topic. The article addresses target audience of beginners and brings us good introduction, but I does not fit for someone that is new to CIE. A step-by-step tutorial could help. Where is the login mentioned in "Once you can login to BVP"? Where is "here" in the sentence "Here you select", and so on. Links to the right places and screenshots could help a lot."
Silver Award Winner  Priyaranjan KS Working with Microsoft Flow and PowerApps Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "Very Nice article. Well written and it's explained well. It is a great and useful topic. The article missing the "See also" section, which can help the readers to get more information and expand their knowledge."Dileepa Kariyawasam: "Topic nicely explained. Well written."
Bronze Award Winner  Pawel Balczunas Hybrid deployment: correcting on-premises AD user showing up as a Guest User, and on-premises mailbox being mapped as a Mail User with incorrect ExternalEmailAddress Dileepa Kariyawasam: "Valuable scenario. Nicely written."Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "The article's content is very nice and useful. It is missing "See also" section and some external links to documentation for example could improve it by helping the reader to fill the gaps in the knowledge and getting more information."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

  • Office 365 Change Management Checklist by Cian Allner
    Dileepa Kariyawasam: "Valuable scenario. Good Article."
    Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "Nice Article. The "See also" section should promote and provide relevant information like documentation regarding the article content. The article can be improve by adding links to the relevant mentioned information like: Wunderlist, or Message center and other resources for the "Minimise surprises", and so on."
 SharePoint Technical Guru - May 2017 
Gold Award Winner  Priyaranjan KS SharePoint Framework: Retrieve and Display SharePoint John Naguib: "Thanks for the effort, nice"Tiago Costa: "Excellent content about a new topic."Malin De Silva: "Well explained. Keep up the good work."
Silver Award Winner  M.Qassas Project Server 2013 Migration (Step By Step) John Naguib: "Very Good, thanks for this"Tiago Costa: "Very detailed oriented article."Malin De Silva: "Good article"
Bronze Award Winner  Waqas Sarwar SharePoint 2016 RSS Viewer WebPart John Naguib: "Well done, thanks for the wiki"Tiago Costa: "Simple but Interested article"Malin De Silva: "Nice write up."


 Small Basic Technical Guru - May 2017 
Gold Award Winner  Ed Price - MSFT Small Basic: Flower Anatomy Quiz SYEDSHANU: "Interesting post ,First time seeing educational quiz for Flower parts ,Nice choice Ed Price"Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Short but well written and good use of graphics."
Silver Award Winner  Nonki Takahashi Small Basic: How to Translate Resources SYEDSHANU: "Nice and Useful post Nonki Takahashi"Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Good tip to setup translator for Microsoft Edge. Nicely explained using images"


 SQL BI and Power BI Technical Guru - May 2017 
Gold Award Winner  Priyaranjan KS Working with Power BI Reports using Gateway and Direct Query Sam Lester: "Great tutorial and walk-through. Getting started with the Gateway can be a bit confusing. This is very helpful."RB: "Fine walkthrough. Some more security information would have been nice, such aswWhat does it require from my infrastructure to be able to use the gateway, ports, users ? Is data pushed or pulled ? ...."Visakh16: "Good walkthrough of the usage of gateway and directquery modein PowerBI. Nice usage of images for the explanation"


 SQL Server General and Database Engine Technical Guru - May 2017 
Gold Award Winner  Priyaranjan KS Working with the Always Encrypted Feature in SQL Server 2016 Visakh16: "Good article providing details on always encrypted feature with screenshots"Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "Great article. Well written and well formatted. Nice screenshots which give a lot to the article."Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Good use of graphics. Nicely written. Thanks Priyranjan for highlighting this feature of Mssql"
Silver Award Winner  Vishe Mssql installation on Centos (Linux) Visakh16: "Would require some tweaking"Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "This is one of the main features in SQL Server 2017 IMO, and it is a "must to know" topic for anyone who works with SQL server. The article is organized well as Step-By_step tutorial, and it is easy to followed. It has place for some improvement especially in the way it presented as TehcNet Wiki article (missing important sections like introduction, conclusion/summery)."Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Nice step-by-step write up and very helpful to install MSsql on Linux"
Bronze Award Winner  Vishe SQL Server on Linux: How to Change SA password Visakh16: "Looks very small to be an independent article! Would have been more suited for this to be part of a bigger article"Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "SQL Server on Linux is a hot topic. Great to see articles related to this, and the topic of this specific article is very important. The article is missing important sections like "See also"."Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Nice tip, more description will help to understand the security concept of Mssql."


 System Center Technical Guru - May 2017 
Gold Award Winner  C Sharp Conner Fix for SCSM Workflow Intermittent Failures due to Too Many Failed Workflow Instances Adam Fowler: "Quick and dirty fix for an issue that's clearly explained."Joseph Moody: "Good guide and code!"RjButt: "It's a good article with quality content but I don't see a good formatting of the document."Eric Berg: "Thank you for this description. Well done"


 Transact-SQL Technical Guru - May 2017 
Gold Award Winner  Visakh16 Graph Based Tables in SQL Server 2017 Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "Nice post, good graphics."Diederik Krols: "Great read on a great new feature."Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "Very good article, which address a new topic(+1). Well written and well formatted for the Wiki. Easy to followed. There were some tiny tiny issue with the code like missing coma."Richard Mueller: "A new and very interesting concept. The See Also should be Wiki articles. You can make your links into an Other Resources or References section. Try to avoid first person."
Silver Award Winner  Priyaranjan KS Working with Transparent Data Encryption in SQL Server Richard Mueller: "Very interesting and informative. I like the code and images. We can use some references"Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "Nice article, which discusses important topic. Well written as Step-By-Step tutorial. Missing thre "See Also" section with some relevant links."Diederik Krols: "Nice walk-through."


 Universal Windows Apps Technical Guru - May 2017 
Gold Award Winner  Nourdine MHOUMADI Save and load images in Universal Windows App with SQLite and Entity Framework Core SYEDSHANU: "Nice and useful post Nourdine MHOUMADI"Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "Good article, although it is a very bad and poor approach to store the images (or blobs) in database; supported, yes! good, not at all."Diederik Krols: "Great write!"
Silver Award Winner  Nourdine MHOUMADI How to : Enable Item Templates to be used in Universal Windows App C# project SYEDSHANU: "Nice post Nourdine MHOUMADI,if you have added few more example like enable and working with Item template it will be more helpful."Diederik Krols: "Great article. You might want to add a reference to https : // / Microsoft / WindowsTemplateStudio to direct your readers to more template examples."


 Visual Basic Technical Guru - May 2017 
Gold Award Winner  .paul. VB.Net - Vertex (Game) Mark Rideout: "Thanks for posting!"SYEDSHANU: "Wow great post Paul.Love the game ,Great to see the source code download link from MSDN."Anthony D. Green: "This is sooo cool!"Richard Mueller: "Excellent example of creative use of VB.NET. I like the effort to maintain compatibility with older versions of VB. Lots of great code and good images. Excellent use of Wiki guidelines."


 Visual C# Technical Guru - May 2017 
Gold Award Winner  Emiliano Musso Image recognition with C# and Emgu libraries Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "Emiliano, good post, though the title could have been different: Didn't you mean Image processing? Or Object recognition? :-)"Diederik Krols: "Very nice article. I would personally preferred to had a longer abstract - to better know what it's all about."Gaurav Kumar Arora: "In depth tutorial, well written and explained with the use of code. Images are nicely placed as per explanation"Khanna Gaurav: "Very well explained article with useful code samples"Jaliya Udagedara: "Great to see this kind of a topic being described in an article. Loved it!"


 Wiki and Portals Technical Guru - May 2017 
Gold Award Winner  RajeeshMenoth TechNet Guru Contributions - Kia Zhi Tang: "Thank you for creating TechNet Guru Contributions portal for ASP.NET"Richard Mueller: "Excellent idea to collect these articles in this new category. I like the See Also section."Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "The article topic is great, but it does not filled with all the content yet. I think older article before 2017 should be there as well. There are GREAT article in ASP.Net written before 2017 which people would love to read :-)"


 Windows PowerShell Technical Guru - May 2017 
Gold Award Winner  Priyaranjan KS Retrieve and Mail Azure Resource Manager Virtual Machine Status using PowerShell Adam Fowler: "Simple and useful idea, written up clearly and with lots of helpful screenshots."Kia Zhi Tang: "Good walkthrough on how to use AzureRM module and sent an email of the VM status. It will be great to have Reference section with links to those Cmdlet and a See Also section with links to other Wiki articles related to AzureRM PowerShell Wiki articles."Richard Mueller: "Nice code. Good use of Wiki guidelines, but we can use some references."


 Windows Server Technical Guru - May 2017 
Gold Award Winner  Mahdi Tehrani SMBv1 and 'WannaCry', Why and how to avoid them both? Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "Useful article. By the way, addition of solutions would have been better, there are posts talking about methods to exploit WannaCry, to get files back."Eric Berg: "Thank you for this content...right in time and well done!"Mark Parris: "Good insights into disabling SMB v1. Should be read along side."Richard Mueller: "Good use of Wiki guidelines. An important subject with great information."JM: "This is a very good article that would benefit from mentioning what operating systems are compatible with the article instructions.Thanks for your contribution."Kia Zhi Tang: "Good information sharing. You may want to add Reference section with links from here and here"
Silver Award Winner  burak ugur Migrate Domain Controller from Windows Server 2012 & R2 to Windows Server 2016 JM: "This is an excellent article on server migration to Windows Server 2016, nice work!"Kia Zhi Tang: "Great Walkthrough with explanations along with screenshot. It will be great Wiki to include Active Directory documentation links in the Reference section and have a See Also section with other Active Directory Wiki articles."Eric Berg: "thank you for this step by step guide. Some screenshots would be better if only a particular area had been selected."Mark Parris: "Migrate Domain Controller could be better worded as "Introduction of Windows Server 2016 Domain Controller into an existing 2012/2012 R2 environment""Richard Mueller: "Good step by step instructions. A TOC would help. Grammar can be improved."
Bronze Award Winner  burak ugur Windows Server 2016 Installation Kia Zhi Tang: "Nice Walkthrough with explanations along with screenshot. It will be great Wiki to include Windows Server 2016 documentation links in the Reference section and have a See Also section with other Windows Server 2016 Wiki articles."Richard Mueller: "Good information with useful links. Grammar needs work."JM: "This is a good article on installing Windows Server 2016, thanks for your contribution."Eric Berg: "thank you for this quick and easy walkthrough. a bit more explanation on the options with / without GUI would be great...for example missing roles and features in Core"Mark Parris: "A simple starting reference on how to install Windows Server 2016."

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

Hopefully we will see you ALL again in June 2017'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! :D

Best regards,
Pete Laker

  Azure/Community MVP   IoT & widget lover


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