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September 2016 TechNet Guru Winners!

All the votes are in!

And we have a fresh intake of MS and MVP judges too!

So below are the results for the TechNet Guru Awards, September 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 - September 2016 
0640_NinjaAwardTinyGold  Mandar Dharmadhikari PowerShell Script To Create and Configure HTTP Receive Location Ed Price: "I love the details on the Problem Statement up front. And fantastic job breaking down the scripts and explaining them all!"Abhishek Kumar: "Very well written Mandar . We have used manual step to configure HTTP endpoint in past . These powershell script will decrease developer and administrator time to deal with manual process"Sandro Pereira: "Love DevOps articles and the way to bring developers and administrators together. Good job Mandar Dharmadhikari. However, the article layout should be little improved, special the code part."
0841.NinjaAwardTinySilver Kjetil Tonstad When to Move BizTalk to Azure IaaS Sandro Pereira: "Good article Kjetil Tonstad. Nice points described there, good choice of topic. And the layout of the article is great."Abhishek Kumar: "Nice article Kjetil Tonstad . With BizTalk 2016 we will see some of Biztalk premise load sifting to Azure"Ed Price: "Great job on the diagrams and images! Solid conclusion!"
7827.NinjaAwardTinyBronze  Johns-305 BizTalk: Improve Deployment and Tracking by Always Creating Custom Pipelines Ed Price: "Great job on the visual images in this article!"Abhishek Kumar: ""Sandro Pereira: "Don’t get me wrong, the article layout is great but the topic itself is a different story and I have to total disagree with that. I can see the advantages of creating custom pipelines but one thing is explaining why you should create them and when another is saying you should always do that and that will improve the deployment and tracking experience."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

  • BizTalk Server 2016: Hardware and Software Requirements by Kjetil Tonstad
    Sandro Pereira: "Nothing new there Kjetil Tonstad, that is merely a copy of what is in the documentation. The only thing I have to say is SharePoint is not a requirement of BizTalk Server, that is the same as you say if you want to receive SAP msg you need a SAP server. In terms of SharePoint connectivity in BizTalk Box you only need the Windows Identity Foundation. "
    Ed Price: "A good brief summary"


 Forefront Identity Manager Technical Guru - September 2016 
0640_NinjaAwardTinyGold  Peter Geelen FIM/MIM Troubleshooting Error 25009 Ed Price: "Great job on this. I love the See Also section!"Kia Zhi Tang: "Great wiki for Error 25009. This is like FIM Err 25009 survival guide and find it very useful."
0841.NinjaAwardTinySilver  C Blackburn Enabling Access to Security Groups in MIM for All Users Lasse Wedø: "Ok walkthrough"Ed Price: " Great depth on the root causes. I love all the References/resources!Great to have the images! It could benefit from References links to other similar resources."Kia Zhi Tang: "Good effort. It will be advisable to upload images to Wiki portal instead. It will be better if there is Table of Content and References for external links and See Also section for other Wiki articles related to the same product or topic."
7827.NinjaAwardTinyBronze  Peter Geelen MIM Troubleshooting: upgrade from ILM fails with error 25009 (<hr=0x80230406>) Kia Zhi Tang: "Nice Wiki documentation for 0x80230406. Good problem statement. analysis or findings and resolution or workaround solution."Lasse Wedø: "A good collection of troubleshhoting links"Ed Price: "The image and full error message are helpful."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:


 Microsoft Azure Technical Guru - September 2016 
0640_NinjaAwardTinyGold  Bhushan Gawale Demystifying Azure ARM VNET Peering and using it with Azure ADDS Anton Staykov: "Nice, tight and stright to the point! "Jan Hentschel: "Nice article about VNET peering. Love the hands on."dileepa Kariyawasam: "Nicely Written and explained. Good use of Images to support the write up."Maor Bracha: "A must read for sys-admins managing Azure VMs."Kia Zhi Tang: "Great effort. Need some Azure documentation references and add a See Also section with other Azure networking Wiki articles."Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Short and nicely explained. Need to work on external links"Nicolas Bonnet: ""Gaurav Kumar Arora: ""
0841.NinjaAwardTinySilver  Rahul_Madaan Microsoft Azure : Syncing your DropBox, OneDrive and Google Drive using Logic Apps Nicolas Bonnet: ""Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "A good use of cloud service. "Leonid Ganeline: "Very practical and well described example."Kia Zhi Tang: "Interesting article. Need some Azure documentation references and add a See Also section."Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Short sweet and well explained."Maor Bracha: "Great example of an otherwise commonly overlooked Azure service."Anton Staykov: "Good start for Logic apps. The questions remains though - what if we want a multi-direction sync? Then we will probably need separate logic app for each Source service."dileepa Kariyawasam: "Good Article. References and see also sections are missing."Jan Hentschel: "If you want a cool way to sync your different accounts, this is the solution."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

  • Upload Files To Azure Media Service From Server Side In MVC by Sibeesh Venu
    Jan Hentschel: "Good article with a lot of code. The code snippets need a little bit of formatting."
    Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Good one! Need to work on external/personal links and formatting"
    Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "Your other article could have been a part of this article. :-)"
    dileepa Kariyawasam: "Good Article. References and see also sections are missing."
    Kia Zhi Tang: "Nice coding. Same comment with "Upload Images to Azure Media Service from Client Side" wiki article submission."
  • Upload Images To Azure Media Service From Client Side by Sibeesh Venu
    Kia Zhi Tang: "Nice coding. Need code commenting or provide references to other related external articles or See also section for related articles."
    dileepa Kariyawasam: "Good Article. References and see also sections are missing."
    Jan Hentschel: "As the other article, a lot of code from another perspective."


 Miscellaneous Technical Guru - September 2016 
0640_NinjaAwardTinyGold  Santhakumar Munuswamy Understanding the ASP.Net Core in Windows Philippe Levesque: "Great tutorial !"Richard Mueller: "Good examples and explanation. Grammar needs work. More references would help."
0841.NinjaAwardTinySilver  Dileepa Kariyawasam What is Customer Lockbox in Office 365 and how to enable it Philippe Levesque: " clever and clean introduction to the topic !"Richard Mueller: "Short but well explained with detailed steps and images. The "See Also" section should only be Wiki articles. Add a "References" or "Other Resources"."
7827.NinjaAwardTinyBronze  Sandeep Shekhawat ASP.NET MVC: Export To Excel Ed Price: ""Gaurav Kumar Arora: ""Richard Mueller: "Good images and explanation. Use the "Format Code Block" feature to add code. We need references and a "See Also"."Lasse Wedø: "Nice walktrhough"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:


 SharePoint 2010 / 2013 Technical Guru - September 2016 
0640_NinjaAwardTinyGold  Rakhi Jain Troubleshooting: App debug and installation issue in SharePoint Online Hezequias Vasconcelos: "Every wiki article focused on repair and maintenance platforms are welcome. Makes life easier for administrators, allows companies to extract maximum SharePoint Online benefits. great article I hope to come more information about the platform for the community."John Naguib: "Thanks for sharing"Malin De Silva: " but many. Would have loved to see bit more explanation on the code sample in the Gallery page. "
0841.NinjaAwardTinySilver  Keval Solanki SharePoint Online: Enable and Set Record Management settings using PowerShell & CSOM and Route records to Record Center Site John Naguib: "Excellent work"Malin De Silva: "Great article. Very informative and references are included for improving the reader experience.It is very easy to understand the process even for a person without a huge understanding on records management."Hezequias Vasconcelos: "It shows the flexibility of using the scripts recording in SharePoint. Great solution resource view for use in Cloud"
7827.NinjaAwardTinyBronze  Geetanjali Arora Fetching User Profile Information using the SharePoint Framework Client Side Webpart John Naguib: "well done, thanks for writing about edge technology"Malin De Silva: "Right article at the right time. Excellent explanation with code samples and screenshots. "

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

 Small Basic Technical Guru - September 2016 
0640_NinjaAwardTinyGold  Nonki Takahashi Small Basic: How to Use Kinect Objects Michiel Van Hoorn: "If I only had a Kinect controller..... this is awesome. Nonki again produced a great write up!"Ed Price: "Fantastic "How To" and sample on coding a body gesture recognition program! The images and reference documentation really make this shine!"


 SQL Server General and Database Engine Technical Guru - September 2016 
0640_NinjaAwardTinyGold  Prashanth Jayaram SQL Server Operations: Monitoring Disk Space with WMI and OLE Automation Objects Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "The article is really impressive. Well written, and great explanations. Most of all, I love the images, which clarify in clear way. With that been said, there is place to improve the code(for example no need looping throw the same table twice if any, and several other small points, which can improve the code a bit)"Visakh16: "Nice Article with data flow diagram and images which helps in enhancing the article. The final conclusion could have been better presented using a table and the latter part could have been better organized into a separate caveat section. On the whole a very well explained article."
0841.NinjaAwardTinySilver  Prashanth Jayaram SQL Server: Monitoring Disk Space with FSUTIL command line utility Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "Very good article, I love the images, I think that it was good Idea to split the topic "Monitoring Disk Space" into two articles. I think that at this time that SQL Server 2016 was released, you should have mention the options that we have in SQL Server 2016. For example, instead of using XML we can use JSON which might give better performance. Moreover, we can use the built-in function STRING_SPLIT, in order to split the delimited strings."Visakh16: "Looks awesome. Nice flow of detail with images and code to supplement the explanation. Good use of gallery for including the downloadable code. One of the image looks a bit cluttered. Could have broken it up to multiple images."


 System Center Technical Guru - September 2016 
0640_NinjaAwardTinyGold  Nick Hogarth SCCM Power BI Solution Template preview dileepa Kariyawasam: "Very nice article. References and see also sections are missing."Ed Price: "Wow! Nick covers a lot of technologies in this article!"


 Universal Windows Apps Technical Guru - September 2016 
0640_NinjaAwardTinyGold  Carmelo La Monica Serial Class for Universal Windows Platform (Part two) Daniel Vaughan: "Interesting topic. Needs some polishing."Ed Price: "It contains a valuable list of resources!"Peter Geelen: "Nice layout, well written, a good balance between content and source code!"


 Visual C# Technical Guru - September 2016 
0640_NinjaAwardTinyGold  Syed Shanu Windows Phone: Getting Started With CocosSharp Game Development Jaliya Udagedara: "Awesome! Step by step well explained article using images and code snippets. The sample code is available for download from MSDN Code Gallery, nice."Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "A great effort!"Khanna Gaurav: "Highly recommended article to develop your first game. Great Work."Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Nicely explained especially GIF image made it more appear-able. "Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "Very good article. Step-by-step tutorials brings the reader a simple way to walk throw the instructions and finished with something that can actually see working. The article is well formatted and explained, with the option to download the Source Code project."Carmelo La Monica: "I don't know CocoSharp. Thi is a very good point fo to learn. Congrats."Emiliano Musso: "Nice article. Great use of images plus very good formatting. Maybe layout need arrangements here and there. Good use of TOC. A very good walkthrough"
0841.NinjaAwardTinySilver Santhakumar Munuswamy Understanding the .NET Core in Windows Carmelo La Monica: "Very nice article for to learn .NET Core. Ver explain for to install and create sample application."Jaliya Udagedara: "Great article for absolute beginners on .NET Core to learn what it is."Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Another good article on .Net Core. Need html formatting and grammatical improvements."Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "Very Nice article. Can be used as a starting point for developers that want to start with .Net Core."Khanna Gaurav: "Nice tutorial to start developing in .NET Core"Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "It could have been "Introducing .NET Core on Windows"."
7827.NinjaAwardTinyBronze  Sandeep Shekhawat C#: Dependency Injection In Console Application Emiliano Musso: "Nice article. Good use of formatting/images/source code. Interesting topic well developed and pretty straightforward to the point. Keep up the good work!"Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Well defined and good use of images. "Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "Great article! well written. I love the self-made images, in addition to the screenshots. The article missing "See also" section, which can help reader find more information."Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "Good explanation. "Jaliya Udagedara: "Good article giving an overview of DI and how it can be used in a Console Application using Ninject. You can download the complete sample from MSDN Code Gallery!"Carmelo La Monica: "Congrats"Emiliano Musso: "Good article. Layout needs a bit of work and it's appropriate to remove every personal references such as the numerous "we"s."Khanna Gaurav: "Good Job but may be little complicated for novice user"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

  • Main classes associated with Active Directory using C# by Ricardo Lacerda
    Khanna Gaurav: "Nice explanation. Should be very useful for anyone planning to work with Active Directory."
    Jaliya Udagedara: "Missing explanations to the code."
    Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "A good reference article. :-)"
    Carmelo La Monica: " good work"
    Emiliano Musso: "Nice use of code formatting. I think the article should be more "talkactive" and not only a list of (good) snippets. Personal references must be removed."
    Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Good one. Need to check code"
    Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "Nice post. It brings us code but without explanations, which better fit for the gallery code then article. In addition TechNet Wiki is not a personal post, and articles should be written in 3rd person (there is no "I" in a team). The article missing "See also" section, with links to relevant classes and more information."


 Wiki and Portals Technical Guru - September 2016 
0640_NinjaAwardTinyGold  Peter Geelen Wiki: report broken links Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "This article serves as monitoring tool. Broken links can be very painful issue. It's important to have a place we can follow issues raised. Only days to come will say if we used the article in the right way."Richard Mueller: "A great idea"


 Windows PowerShell Technical Guru - September 2016 
0640_NinjaAwardTinyGold  Kia Zhi Tang (Ryen Tang) Visual Studio Code: Getting Started with PowerShell Kia Zhi Tang: "Good starting point for Visual Studio Code."Chen V: "Amazing content and excellent write up. I loved the references section well organized screen shots! Truly inspired! "Richard Mueller: "Lots of references, which is great. I would avoid reference to "we" in the article (which implies first person)."Maor Bracha: "Great step-by-step, I'm sure our Dev readers will find it useful. "
0841.NinjaAwardTinySilver  Prashanth Jayaram PowerShell : CSV - Disk Space Report - HTML Maor Bracha: "Great solution, love the screenshots and explanations. Would suggest combining to one article with the Excel version."Chen V: "Good Article! Though code betterment is required the article presentation was great! Tip: a simple here string might reduced lot of lines"Richard Mueller: "Good images and code. Grammar can be improved."Kia Zhi Tang: "Nice explanatory article from your TechNet Gallery contribution. It will ideal to have smaller or shorter Wiki article to educate on how to create HTML page using PowerShell instead of duplicate article function with different output formatting as an article."
7827.NinjaAwardTinyBronze  Mandar Dharmadhikari Monitoring Application Pools Across N Servers using Powershell Maor Bracha: "Nice work. For larger environments it might be more efficient to add an app pool lookup rather than expecting it from an XML file."Kia Zhi Tang: "Good effort. Cmdlet documentation should be in reference section and see also section should contain wiki links that are related topics."Richard Mueller: "Good code example. The "See Also" should only link Wiki artices. You can add a "References" or "Other Resources"."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

  • PowerShell : CSV - Disk Space Report- Excel by Prashanth Jayaram
    Richard Mueller: "Great use of Wiki Guidelines. I would avoid reference to "we" in the article (which implies first person)."
    Kia Zhi Tang: "Nice explanatory article from your TechNet Gallery contribution. Nice coding and greatly appreciate your contribution but would be nice if it is a step by step walkthrough on creating the Excel report."
    Chen V: "Good Article! A simple try catch exception and parameter decoration might have made this article great! "---------------------- 8< ------------------------A huge thank you to EVERYONE who contributed an article to September's competition.Hopefully we will see you ALL again in October 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! :D

    In other Guru news , we are building a short biography on each of our active judges, so watch out for that soon!

    Best regards,
    Pete Laker, Azure MVP

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