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March 2018 Microsoft TechNet Wiki Guru Winners!

All the votes (for March) are in!


Below are the results for the TechNet Guru Awards, March 2018 !!!!



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.


 ASP.NET Technical Guru - March 2018 
Gold Award Winner Syed Shanu Getting Started With ASP.NET Core 2.0 Identity And Role Management
Sabah Shariq: "Great article! Liked the explaining by splitting into separate section. Will help specially the university students to add advance feature in their project."Khanna Gaurav: "Identity and role management well explained"Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Identity and role management is always a good choice. Thanks Syed for sharing such a nice write up."
Silver Award Winner Shashangka Shekhar Single Page Application Using ASP.Net Core-AngularJs
Khanna Gaurav: "Great article"Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Nicely written and aligned images with write-up. Thanks Shashangka for this write up."Sabah Shariq: "Nice article."
Bronze Award Winner AnkitSharma007 ASP.NET Core 2.0: CRUD Operation With ADO.NET
Sabah Shariq: "Nicely written with step by step explanation for anyone to get start."Khanna Gaurav: "Nicely explained"Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Crud operations are the best bet to start with new things. Main highlight of this article is Ankit selected ADO.NET not Entity framework or any NoSQL or other ORM. Images need to be formatted. I observed there is one image that is showing dependency errors - this should either be corrected or explain."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

  • ASP.NET Core 2.0: Cookie Authentication by AnkitSharma007
    Gaurav Kumar Arora: "One more great article. It is a detailed and step-by-step write up. It would be bets one after few formatting tweaks"
    Sabah Shariq: "Nice. Would like to see some advance features related to this."


 BizTalk Technical Guru - March 2018 
Gold Award Winner Mandar Dharmadhikari BizTalk Server: Creating and Deploying BizTalk Web HTTP GET End Point Using BTDF Framework
JS: "Nice info on a topic that doesn't get much attention."Todd Rivers: "Nice. Very detailed. We should have a sub-section just for BTDF."
Silver Award Winner Johns-305 BizTalk: Reusing BizTalk Server’s Context Properties
Todd Rivers: "A nice little write-up. I would recommend however a little more research to enhance the "When to use" and 'potential impact', Since these ARE pre-defined Properties, BizTalk uses them in specific scenario's. Knowing when/where and letting reader's know would be advantageous."JS: "Keeping it simple."
Bronze Award Winner Mandar Dharmadhikari BizTalk: Setting Authentication on BizTalk Service Endpoints Using BTDF
Todd Rivers: "Nice. Very detailed. We should have a sub-section just for BTDF."


 Microsoft Azure Technical Guru - March 2018 
Gold Award Winner Kamlesh Kumar Microsoft Azure: Liquid Templates in Logic Apps
Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "Awesome content, Kamlesh! Great job."Eric Berg: "Good work. Thanks"Peter Laker: "Shopify's "Liquid" is a great way for anyone to manage web page content and I've been a fan since they donated it to us all on GitHub. This is a great intro Kamlesh, thanks!"
Silver Award Winner Mandar Dharmadhikari Logic Apps 101: Text To Speech Translation Using Logic Apps and Text To Speech Translator Api
Eric Berg: "Well done. Thank you"Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "You could have added a bit complex or real-world scenario here, Mandar. ;-) But good post nonetheless."Peter Laker: "A nice intro to Logic Apps, Cognitive Services and Text-to-speech. Some Hindi too! Nice!"
Bronze Award Winner DBS14 Accessing BizTalk Schema Distinguished Fields in the Azure Logic Apps Designer
Eric Berg: "Thank you"Peter Laker: "The best thing about judging this competition, is thet i am always picking up new tips and features I never knew existed! Thanks!"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:


 Miscellaneous Technical Guru - March 2018 
Gold Award Winner AnkitSharma007 An Introduction To Q#
Richard Mueller: "I learned a great deal reading this article. Well done. If more references can be found, that would be great."Peter Laker: "Loved this. Now I'm a Quantum Computing programmer!!"
Silver Award Winner RajeeshMenoth Code First Migration - ASP.NET MVC 5 With Entity Framework And MySQL
Richard Mueller: "A fantastic See Also section. Good images and code."Peter Laker: "Excellent work Rajeesh, keep it coming!"
Bronze Award Winner AnkitSharma007 Unit Test In .NET Core Application Using MStest
Richard Mueller: "Good code examples. More references and a See Also would help."Peter Laker: Thanks Ankit! This article is perfect for a "Read more" section. Keep contributing!


 SharePoint Technical Guru - March 2018 
Gold Award Winner Ramakrishnan Raman Manage SharePoint site policy using JSOM(Javascript Object Model)
John Naguib: "Nice wiki, thanks for sharing this"
Silver Award Winner Vivek Jagga Sharing to external users is not supported
John Naguib: "Thanks for sharing but it is not an issue, you need to follow specific steps for sharing"
Bronze Award Winner Waqas Sarwar SharePoint 2016: Issue with Following when UPA is in different farm
John Naguib: "Thanks for sharing but I think this is not an issue it is by design you need to trust farms to allow this functionality"


 Small Basic Technical Guru - March 2018 
Gold Award Winner Nonki Takahashi Small Basic Blog: Index
SYEDSHANU: "Good to see all the Blog post in one place Nonki Takahashi"Peter Laker: "Should be in Wiki and Portals? But hey, love it!"


 SQL BI and Power BI Technical Guru - March 2018 
Gold Award Winner AV111 Kill SPID in SSAS 
Visakh16: "Very small to be called a proper article. Looks more like a quick tip. Usage of images etc is good. However, on the whole article lacks continuity. Would have been much better had the article been presented through a case study."Peter Laker: "Exterminate! Cheers AV. Keep the tips coming!"


 SQL Server General and Database Engine Technical Guru - March 2018 
Gold Award Winner Mohsin_A_Khan SQL Server Transaction Log Internal Architecture- Facts Every SQL Server Database Professional Should Know
UR: "Very detailed approach to get light into the internals of database log files."Diederik Krols: "Great information and very well written."Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "Nice write up, with good visuals."Visakh16: "A very descriptive article explaining the internals of log files and their architecture. Nicely explained with associated images etc. Real quality stuff!"
Silver Award Winner AV111 SQL Server: Move master database to another location
UR: "The topic is really interesting. Too bad that the pictures are not recognizable and code is demonstrated only in the form of pictures.It would be much better to read if code were present in the article through code snippets and images of a better size."Diederik Krols: "Thanks for this article."Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "Too many images are making the post take longer to load. But a good topic to cover nonetheless."Visakh16: "Simple step by step procedure explaining how to move master file to new location."
Bronze Award Winner  AV111 sql server configuration manager remote procedure call failed(0x800706be)
Visakh16: "A good troubleshooting tip for SSCM . Usage of images etc is good"UR: "Topic is interesting but the text is hard to read. I am missing more details about WHAT the different code are doing.e.g. Why is it a problem with shared files directory?"


 System Center Technical Guru - March 2018 
Gold Award Winner C Sharp Conner Solution - Load.CMDWDataMart Failed - Job Module(s) Failed because a primary key was not found
Adam Fowler: "Great screenshots and detailed information, but having some headings would break up the article and make it easier to digest."Eric Berg: "Thank you"
Silver Award Winner C Sharp Conner DWASDatabase - Invalid Column Name - How to remove corrupted Attribute from Dimension
Adam Fowler: "I like the writing style and obviously you're well experienced in these sorts of issues with SCSM!"Eric Berg: "Thanks a lot"


 Visual Basic Technical Guru - March 2018 
Gold Award Winner Karen Payne SQL-Server application using classes for data access
Richard Mueller: "Great explanation of why this should be understood before moving to Entity Framework. I liked the use of Transactions, the images, and the code."Khanna Gaurav: "Great article"SYEDSHANU: "Great Post Karen and good to see the source code is available for download"
Silver Award Winner .paul. _ VB.Net - local MySQL from the ground up...
Khanna Gaurav: "Nice article"SYEDSHANU: "Awesome post Paul good to see the combination of examples with VB.NET and MYSQL"Richard Mueller: "Great Overview section. And good code. I learned some things."
Bronze Award Winner Karen Payne Fundamentals for master detail data view
Richard Mueller: "Good use of Wiki guidelines. The See Also should only be Wiki articles."Khanna Gaurav: "Nice article"SYEDSHANU: "One more great post Karen and thank you for sharing"


 Visual C# Technical Guru - March 2018 
Gold Award Winner Karen Payne Excel operations with Open XML, Automation and OleDb
Diederik Krols: "Top content!"Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "Great write up, Karen. good formatting, proper layout arrangements."Khanna Gaurav: "Great article covering all possible options"Jaliya Udagedara: "Wow, it's a lengthy and a great article."
Silver Award Winner code sample How to: display unit test methods in Visual Studio Test Explorer
Jaliya Udagedara: "Great explanation to unit test grouping feature in Visual Studio Test Explorer. Nice!"Diederik Krols: "Great information, thanks!"Khanna Gaurav: "Nicely explained"Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "Nice visuals and proper explanation, good job, Mr. Code Sample."
Bronze Award Winner Karen Payne Writing SQL for your application
Khanna Gaurav: "Nice article"Jaliya Udagedara: "Good article."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:


 Windows PowerShell Technical Guru - March 2018 
Gold Award Winner Pete Laker Partly forgotton BitLocker Drive Password - Brute Force PowerShell Script (more a like gentle push)
Joseph Moody: "A very specific but cool solution! Good documentation!"Richard Mueller: "Good idea!"Kia Zhi Tang: "That's a good use of Start-Job and ScriptBlock on a non-TPM drive. Thanks for sharing."


 Windows Server Technical Guru - March 2018 
Gold Award Winner Richard Mueller Active Directory: Foreign Security Principals and Special Identities
Mark Parris: "Good insights and clarification on what sometimes is a misunderstood topic."Eric Berg: "Thank you for your work"Kia Zhi Tang: "A very handy Definition of Terms for all those Active Directory admins out there. Thank you for another great share from Richard Mueller."Joseph Moody: "Thank you for writing this! A good reference that is very easy to understand."
Silver Award Winner Subhro Majumder Active Directory: Automate System State Backup
Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "Too many images are making the post load a bit slower, but a good effort."Joseph Moody: "Great article! I love how you show a free solution to this."Kia Zhi Tang: "Nice screenshot walkthrough on Windows 2012 R2. Thank you for sharing."Mark Parris: "Important information on how to automate your system state backup and often overlooked."Eric Berg: "Well done. Thank you"


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


Best regards,
Pete Laker


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