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TechNet Guru Competition Winners! February 2017

Special note: Watch out for some exciting news below!



All the votes are finally in!  


And below are the results for the TechNet Guru Awards, February 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.

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 - February 2017 
Gold Award Winner  Kjetil Tonstad Check Contents of the BizTalk MessageBox Spool Table TGN: "Great article, just don't forget the (NOLOCK). :)"Abhishek Kumar: "Good Topic by it would be nice if we have some more content listed on how to use spool table to actively manage BizTalk performance"JS: "Pretty useful since it's often easier to locate the a problem by knowing the suspicious Messages rather then Service Class. Maybe a nolock hint would be good?"


 Forefront Identity Manager Technical Guru - February 2017 
Gold Award Winner  Priyaranjan KS FIM : Create Synchronization Connection To Synchronize SharePoint User Profiles With Active Directory Peter Geelen: "Nice procedure with lots of images, to run through the procedure."


 Microsoft Azure Technical Guru - February 2017 
Gold Award Winner  Chilberto Visual Studio Azure Function Template (preview) Abhishek Kumar: "Good Article , might be worth to have section on supported version of VS and language along with debug with cloud control."
Silver Award Winner  Muiz Khan Getting Started with Azure Mobile App with custom mode Lasse Wedø: "Nice article"Eric Berg: "Nice read!"
Bronze Award Winner  pcofre Using External Data Sources on Azure SQL Database Anton Staykov: "There is always time to learn something new. Although rather complex for maintenance with downside of security, it is a neat way to do cross-database queries."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

 Miscellaneous Technical Guru - February 2017 
Gold Award Winner  Sandeep Shekhawat ASP.NET Core MVC: Authentication And Claim Based Authorisation With ASP.NET Identity Core Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "A much needed article. Good job!"
Silver Award Winner  RajeeshMenoth Adding A Configuration Source File In ASP.NET Core 1.0 Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "Very nice, thanks!"Lasse Wedø: "Excellent 101"
Bronze Award Winner  SYED SHANU ASP.NET Core, Angular2 Shopping Cart Using Web API And EF 1.0.1 Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "Nice article!"Lasse Wedø: "Thank you!"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

 SharePoint 2010 / 2013 Technical Guru - February 2017 
Gold Award Winner  Priyaranjan KS Modify SharePoint List View to Create Business Intelligence Charts using Client Side Rendering and ChartJS Roman Nedzelsky, MVP: "never ending topic, great article, nice pictures, guide, piece of code."John Naguib: "Well Done, thanks a lot"Malin De Silva: "Great article. Well explained in detail."
Silver Award Winner  Waqas Sarwar Installation Of Office Online Server For SharePoint 2016 Part 1 Roman Nedzelsky, MVP: "very useful"Malin De Silva: "Excellent article. Would be better to have links to the other articles too here."John Naguib: "Thanks a lot for the nice article"
Bronze Award Winner  Bijay Kumar Sahoo Microsoft Flow Send approval email when a new item is added demo Malin De Silva: "Good article"John Naguib: "Thanks a lot for the nice article"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:


 Small Basic Technical Guru - February 2017 
Gold Award Winner  Ed Price - MSFT Small Basic: The Settings File & Temporary Files SYEDSHANU: "Great Article and Summery,Thank you for sharing."Pete Laker: Thanks Ed!


 SQL BI and Power BI Technical Guru - February 2017 
Gold Award Winner  pcofre Filter current period dynamically in Power BI PT: "This is an excellent technique for calculating dynamic time variation periods. Not sure why but here in my voting tool, the author name shows up as " by; " which, I think is just blank spaces. Please fix that."Pete Laker:  Very good intro, thanks pcofre!
Silver Award Winner  Priyaranjan KS Create Azure SQL DB and Generate Power BI reports using the Table Data PT: "Useful information about creating and connecting to an Azure SQL Database from Power BI. Thanks"Pete Laker:  Excellent read!

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:


 SQL Server General and Database Engine Technical Guru - February 2017 
Gold Award Winner  pcofre Temporal Tables for Predictive Analytics Diederik Krols: "Great introduction to a great new feature. Could use some hyperlinks."UR: "That's a good approach to get more information for use cases with temporal tables.Good and easy writing"
Silver Award Winner  Priyaranjan KS Configure SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services in SharePoint Integrated Mode and Create the First Custom Report Diederik Krols: "Great checklist."UR: "A great step by step installation guide I wish I had several times before."
Bronze Award Winner  KevinBHill Top 10 SQL Server functions every DBA should know by heart Diederik Krols: "Great read."UR: "Hmm - I do not agree with all of them but it is a good summary for new and/or accidential dba's."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:


 System Center Technical Guru - February 2017 
Gold Award Winner  C Sharp Conner SCSM: Perfect the SSAS Cubes Eric Berg: "thank you very much. really like your article"


 Transact-SQL Technical Guru - February 2017 
Gold Award Winner  Priyaranjan KS SQL Server 2016: Bulk Import JSON file data to Table Diederik Krols: "Great content, thanks!"Richard Mueller: "Good use of Wiki guidelines, but the See Also should link Wiki articles. You could make your links into an "Other Resources" section. Well written with good code examples."


 Visual Basic Technical Guru - February 2017 
Gold Award Winner  .paul. VB.Net - WordSearch SYEDSHANU: "Great Article ,It will be more good, if the Code part can be bit explained as what and how it was made."Richard Mueller: "Great code and good image. Very interesting idea, and well written. Excellent use of Wiki guidelines."
Silver Award Winner  Priyaranjan KS Implement Data Validations in Excel using VBA Macro before Uploading to SharePoint SYEDSHANU: "Nice and Useful post ,Thank you for sharing."Richard Mueller: "Great images and well explained. Good use of Wiki guidelines."


 Visual C# Technical Guru - February 2017 
Gold Award Winner  Emiliano Musso SQLite interaction on Android with Visual Studio and Xamarin Diederik Krols: "Great article on a hot topic."Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "This is a good read!"Khanna Gaurav: "Excellent article"Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Well-explained write up. Use of ListView control is added more flavor to the article. Good to see the complete code."Jaliya Udagedara: "Good article to get you started on connecting your Xamarin Android application to a SQLite database."
Silver Award Winner  Hansamali Gamage Secure your .NETCore web applications using Identity Server 4 Jaliya Udagedara: "This is a fantastic article. Step by step explanation with images, code snippets. You can also download the complete sample. What else can you ask for, Just awesome!"Gaurav Kumar Arora: "A detailed and well explained step-by-step write up, images used nicely to explain the concepts. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful article."Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: ""Khanna Gaurav: "Nicely explained"Diederik Krols: "Nice checklist for the more experienced reader."
Bronze Award Winner  Sandeep Shekhawat ASP.NET Core : Overview Of Dependency Injection Jaliya Udagedara: "Good article on DI in ASP.NET Core."Khanna Gaurav: "Nice"Diederik Krols: "Very well structured."Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Good Overview Of Dependency Injection."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

  • Code First Migration - ASP.NET Core MVC With EntityFrameWork Core by RajeeshMenoth
    Jaliya Udagedara: "If you want to learn database migrations in EF Core, this article should help."
    Gaurav Kumar Arora: "One more good write up on ASP.NET Core."
    Diederik Krols: "Great introduction."
  • Delegates in C# : A deep dive by Akhil Mittal
    Diederik Krols: "I love the level of detail."
    Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "I would recommend that you try to remove the custom formatting (CodeProject in this case), and then submit. This has a poor user/reader experience as it is."
    Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Good write-up to start with Delegates using code-snippet. Article contains in-line styling, which should be improved."
    Khanna Gaurav: "Useful article to learn use of delegates"
    Jaliya Udagedara: "Good explanation on delegates. But please do consider the comments and update the article accordingly."
  • C# Timer: Schedule a Task by Sabah Shariq
    Diederik Krols: "Compact but great introduction."
    Jaliya Udagedara: "Good introduction level article to Timer Class (System.Timers)."
    Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Interesting write up, nicely used links and references."
    Khanna Gaurav: "Useful"


 Wiki and Portals Technical Guru - February 2017 
Gold Award Winner  [Kamlesh Kumar] TechNet Guru Competition Winners 2016 SYEDSHANU: "Great information Kamlesh,Thank you for sharing."Richard Mueller: "Great to have this information collected. Great use of Wiki guidelines and a great table."
Silver Award Winner  Kia Zhi Tang (Ryen Tang) SQL Server vNext Wiki Portal SYEDSHANU: "Useful info Ryen Tang,Thank you for sharing."Richard Mueller: "An important new portal for the Wiki."


 Windows PowerShell Technical Guru - February 2017 
Gold Award Winner  Priyaranjan KS Unattended Provisioning of Azure Virtual Network and Azure Virtual Machine using PowerShell Pedro Azevedo: "Nice article"Richard Mueller: "I like the images."
Silver Award Winner  tommymaynard Sync Profile Script from Work to Home Jan Egil Ring: "Nice"Nicolas Bonnet: "Great tip!"Richard Mueller: "Very interesting and good code example. Well explained."
Bronze Award Winner  Arleta Wanat Exchange Online: What mailboxes has User access to? Alan Carlos: "Thanks Arleta!"Richard Mueller: "Good use of Wiki guidelines."


 Windows Server Technical Guru - February 2017 
Gold Award Winner  Mahdi Tehrani How to get local admins of computers in your AD domain? Mark Parris: "Handy script to help tighten the controls in a domain."Eric Berg: "Thank you for your work. Good article with worthful infromation"Joseph Moody: "Really enjoyed this article and the linked PowerShell script! Great addition to the community!"Richard Mueller: "An often requested task in AD. I would like to see the code itself explained."Peter Geelen: "The TechNet Wiki is not a blogging platform, please fix the layout and content of your post to comply with the Wiki guidelines. You must remove all personal references ("I prepared", I did this, I did that...). Make sure to write in 3rd person."Kia Zhi Tang: "Thank you for sharing your script and the explanations but the Wiki article sounds like a personal blog post instead. It will be great to have a Table of Content, some reference links in Reference section and related wiki article links in See Also section."
Silver Award Winner  FZB Windows: FailoverCluster AntiAffinity Peter Geelen: "Nice, short and practical."Kia Zhi Tang: "Good snippet. Thank you for sharing. It will be great to have a Table of Content, MSDN AntiAffinityClassNames and TechNet Get-ClusterGroup links in the Reference section and failover cluster wiki links into See Also section"Richard Mueller: "Very short, but well written."Mark Parris: "Good tidbit of information."Eric Berg: "Thank you for your contribution."Joseph Moody: "Good explanation of antiaffinity! If possible, try to include a few screenshots for reference. Looking forward to seeing more from you!"
Bronze Award Winner  Mahdi Tehrani 'List Object Mode' in Active Directory, a myth or future settings? Mark Parris: "Interesting food for thought around Active Directory security."Eric Berg: "Thank you. Good article and interesting insights"Kia Zhi Tang: "Good effort. But it is best to refrain from writing in first person view. Refer to"Joseph Moody: "Perfect explanation of list object mode (and the potential downsides). It is easy to see that you have a lot of fun writing!"Richard Mueller: "Good use of Wiki Guidelines."Peter Geelen: "The TechNet Wiki is not a blogging platform, please fix the layout and content of your post to comply with the Wiki guidelines. You must remove all personal references ("I prepared", I did this, I did that...). Make sure to write in 3rd person."

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

Hopefully we will see you ALL again in March 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

Now that that is all out of the way, I have some special news for all those of you who have supported the TechNet Guru Competition over all these years.

We have joked many times about "REAL virtual medals".
We have discussed real prizes before, regarding Ninja Belt awards.
I have been hinting at something for quite some time now.

That day has come....!

The TechNet Guru Winners Pen!!!



ONLY for the most respected, awarded and revered TechNet Gurus!




Chiseled from slabs of "sheer awesome" and polished with the love, from the whole community!




This is a very small, single print run, There are only forty!

We will begin announcing the first wave of winners, for this ultimate status symbol, very soon.


Best regards,
Pete Laker (Azure MVP)
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