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Yey! It's the Microsoft TechNet Guru Awards! August 2017

All the votes are in!


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


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 - August 2017
Gold Award Winner  Ehsan Sajjad Beginners Guide to implement AJAX CRUD Operations using JQuery DataTables in ASP.NET MVC 5 Khanna Gaurav:"Recommended article for any developer planning to learn MVC"SYEDSHANU: "Very nice and Detailed article. Good to see the explanation with images and Source Code download link."Sabah Shariq: "Good Insight."Jeff Fritz: "Very nice demo, love the animated GIF demos. Only criticism is that your demo objects had too many properties (19) and that made the code to maintain all of the properties difficult to follow."
Silver Award Winner  Chilberto Configuring SendGrid with Asp.Net Core Jeff Fritz: "Nice article showing how easy it is to integrate 3rd party Azure services. Some images are sized too large to be readable on a desktop browser."Sabah Shariq: "Very good article with step by step explanation with how the code is implemented."SYEDSHANU: "Simple and nice explanation."Khanna Gaurav: "Interesting article"
Bronze Award Winner  RajeeshMenoth Configure Default Startup Page In ASP.NET Core 1.0 Sabah Shariq: "Good write up. But same topic is already exist on the web written by other author. We expect a level up in TN wiki."SYEDSHANU: "Nice and useful article.In download part kindly give only the current article download link .you can add rest of links in See also section."Jeff Fritz: "We do not want to publish new articles with project.json featured. Feature was deprecated more than a year ago and is no longer supported. Also, its not clear the code change that was made to enable the desired effect. I'd like some prose with the Code segment of the article"Khanna Gaurav: "Good"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

  • Basics Of ASP.NET Core Using Visual Studio 2017 - Part One by M.Vignesh
    Jeff Fritz: "Great start to a series, and I look forward to more. Code is not formatted properly, and I would like to learn more about what the HTTP pipeline is and how to configure it. Perhaps a future article in the series?"
    Khanna Gaurav: "Nice article"
    Sabah Shariq: "Good write up. An article with the same topic is already exist in TN wiki. We expect a level up in TN wiki."
    SYEDSHANU: "Good to see the step by step explanations with images."


BizTalk Technical Guru - August 2017
Gold Award Winner  [Kamlesh Kumar] BizTalk Server: Consume Adapter Service is missing Todd Rivers: "Good information. However, it doesn't seem clear enough s to the problem as well as the description of the Adapter Pack. The WCF LOB Adapter pack does much more that provide connectivity to Web Services. YOu should point this out, or simply past the description from the MSDN page.RE-work the 'Question/Problem' statement for clarity."Sandro Pereira: "I really like articles about Errors and Solutions, and this is exactly the same problem that I wrote some months ago. Good article but the layout requires some improvements. I suggest following the layout of existing articles."


Microsoft Azure Technical Guru - August 2017
Gold Award Winner  Steef-Jan Wiggers Serverless messaging with Microsoft Azure Platform Anton Staykov: "Nice wrap up of the newest in Azure."Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "Amazing explanation."Eric Berg: "Thank you for this good article"
Silver Award Winner  Mandar Dharmadhikari Updating Users With Daily Weather Forecasts Using Logic Apps Eric Berg: "Thank you for your contribution"Anton Staykov: "Very practical example!"Lasse Wedø: "Not a bad walk, though I thing weather apps are irrelevant"
Bronze Award Winner  Baran Mano Logic Apps : Create JSON or XML using XSLT through Function App Anton Staykov: "Although a very valid approach, you should be careful about the costs of the Function app. It may well be the case that at some point, when your logic app is heavily under duty, it may cost you more than the integration pack. Also, you may want to dispose the memory stream."Eric Berg: "Thank you for your contribution"Lasse Wedø: "Needs a better structure, and conclusion?"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:


Miscellaneous Technical Guru - August 2017
Gold Award Winner  Chilberto WinDbg - Diagnosing failed ASP.Net instances Lasse Wedø: "Great tip!"
Silver Award Winner  M.Qassas Visual Studio 2017: Missing Office / SharePoint Template Lasse Wedø: "Very nice, thanks!"
Bronze Award Winner  M.Qassas Visual Studio 2015: Missing SharePoint 2016 Project Template Lasse Wedø: "Thank you for sharing. This seems to be a post on how to install a piece of software. Not sure Wiki is the place for posts like this."


SharePoint 2010 / 2013 Technical Guru - August 2017
Gold Award Winner  Maruthachalam Krishnamurthy SharePoint Online: Communication Sites John Naguib: "Thanks a lot for this nice wiki, I recently wrote a blog that will be published soon about this topic and added a link to your wiki as one of the references"Tiago Costa: "Great Article. Very Complete and with a lot of screenshots.. Congrats!!!"Roman Nedzelsky, MVP: "nice"
Silver Award Winner  get2pallav SharePoint Online PowerShell : Migrate Webparts between pages Roman Nedzelsky, MVP: "great tip"John Naguib: "Well done, nice one"Tiago Costa: "Good."
Bronze Award Winner  Arleta Wanat SharePoint Online Sharing settings with CSOM John Naguib: "Well done, nice one, thanks a lot"Tiago Costa: "Very good article. Keep it coming."Roman Nedzelsky, MVP: "interesting and useful"

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Small Basic Technical Guru - August 2017
Gold Award Winner  Nonki Takahashi Small Basic 1.3: Installation Guide SYEDSHANU: "As usual its one more useful post for the Small basic and explains in detail guide for installing Small Basic 1.3."
Silver Award Winner  Nonki Takahashi Microsoft Small Basic v1.3: Known Issues SYEDSHANU: "Bit more explanations needed,Great work Nonki as usual its good to see posts for Small Basics."
Bronze Award Winner  Nonki Takahashi Small Basic: How a Program Runs SYEDSHANU: "Simple and useful post ,Good to see the links for Other Resources and See Also sections."


SQL BI and Power BI Technical Guru - August 2017
Gold Award Winner  Maruthachalam Krishnamurthy Create Power BI report and publish in SharePoint PT: "Comprehensive article that explains the entire process in easy to follow steps. Thanks for the contribution."Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "Great article. Clear and well explained. Very simple to follow. Well done!"Tomaž Kaštrun: "Get PowerBI reports to sharepoint. quick how-to guide."
Silver Award Winner  M.Qassas Power BI: Two Way To Get Data From SharePoint List / Library Tomaž Kaštrun: "Informative walk-through guide on how to get data from sharepoint list."Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "Very nice article, Well formatted and well written. I love the animation images. Well done!"Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "Nice write up, I just wanted to suggest that you should not use bold blue font for anything other than hyperlinks -- it is counterintuitive."PT: "This is very brief and could be a good start but it needs a bit more substance."


SQL Server General and Database Engine Technical Guru - August 2017
Gold Award Winner  M.Vignesh Monitoring Our Database When Accessing From Outside Or Applications In SQL Server Tomaž Kaštrun: "quick setting and usage of sql profiler in sql server 2008 R2"Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "Nice article. well written and well formatted. Missing "See Also" section. The content is very old and in my opinion there is place at least to mention newer options like using Extended Events."
Silver Award Winner  Vishe Troubleshouting mssql server for linux Tomaž Kaštrun: "8 common linux commands to check your system"Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "SQL Server on Linux is a "hot" topic and probably will raise a lot of questions. "Troubleshooting" for DBAs who used to work with windows is very important topic. With that being said, there is a lot of place for improvement, especially in the format and the way the content is presented."
Bronze Award Winner  Vishe Application Error : The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000142) in replication Tomaž Kaštrun: "error message -> not an article at all"Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "Thanks for sharing, but the article is not well formatted for the Wiki, and the there is a lot of place in improving the content and the way it is presented."


System Center Technical Guru - August 2017
Gold Award Winner  C Sharp Conner SCSM - Verify AlwaysOn for ServiceManager - Hell Difficulty Eric Berg: "Thank you for this article."RjButt: "need more improvement."


Transact-SQL Technical Guru - August 2017
Gold Award Winner  M.Qassas Project Server: Show Task Hierarchy using SQL Tomaž Kaštrun: "Turning project hierarchy in Project Server into SQL server hierarchy using T-SQL."Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "Nice example of using recursive query using Common Table Expressions (It can be added as example in a more general article)."
Silver Award Winner  M.Qassas SQL Query: Convert Decimal Numbers to Money Tomaž Kaštrun: "Short and usefull SQL statement for converting decimal to money. Simple, yet powerfull and usefull convert statement."Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "Thanks for sharing. There is place to add content in order to cover the topic. For example we can add other options to get the same result like using FORMAT, and a bit more depth discussion about related options of using Money type (for example different culture)."


Universal Windows Apps Technical Guru - August 2017
Gold Award Winner  Nourdine MHOUMADI Universal Windows App: How to create a custom progress indicator? SYEDSHANU: "Nice post and good to see the download link is added and explained the article with Images."


Visual Basic Technical Guru - August 2017
Gold Award Winner  .paul. _ VB.Net - Perspective Anthony D. Green: "Nice! Would love to see this as a Windows Store app!"Khanna Gaurav: "UI can improve, otherwise a great article. Interesting game and code is easy to understand."SYEDSHANU: "This is amazing Paul.Your passion and ideas to create VB.NET projects are very very good.Good to see the MSDN download link. Thanks for sharing."


Visual C# Technical Guru - August 2017
Gold Award Winner  M.Qassas SharePoint 2016: Detect SharePoint Edition using SSOM C# Jaliya Udagedara: "This is helpful. But the article looks incomplete (missing outputs)."Khanna Gaurav: "Nice article"


Windows PowerShell Technical Guru - August 2017
Gold Award Winner  Arleta Wanat OneDrive for Business sharing settings with Powershell Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "Nice article, I am not a fan of PowerShell but the use in this article was impressive."Richard Mueller: "Well written with great detail and good links. I like all of the Gallery scripts."
Silver Award Winner  Kapil Singh How to create a virtual machine in Microsoft Azure using PowerShell – Part 1 Richard Mueller: "More code code to quickly create a VM in Azure. The article uses "we" many times. We can use links to other references."
Bronze Award Winner  Kapil Singh How to check the availability of azure cloud services using PowerShell Richard Mueller: "Good steps to check what is available in Azure. Links to other references would help."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) Technical Guru - August 2017
Gold Award Winner  Magnus (MM8) WPF: Prevent The Selected TabItem From "Moving" In a TabControl Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "Short, but quite helpful."Khanna Gaurav: "Great solution"SYEDSHANU: "Nice post but still TOC,Download links are missing.From next post add all this as its important part for Wiki articles."


Windows Server Technical Guru - August 2017
Gold Award Winner  Kia Zhi Tang (Ryen Tang) Windows Server Insider: Getting Started in Container with Docker Mark Parris: "Fantastic info to start learning Docker technologies on a Microsoft based platform."JM: "This is an excellent article, thanks for your contribution!"Richard Mueller: "Great use of Wiki guidelines. Detailed steps to guide use through using new technologies. Great references help a lot."Eric Berg: "Good article...thanks for that"
Silver Award Winner  Bijith AP EFS - Access Denied. You would need permission to perform this operation JM: "This is a great article on resolving EFS issues, thanks much!"Richard Mueller: "An important topic. Good detail explaining how EFS works. The "See Also" section should only link to other articles in the TechNet Wiki, but good references."Mark Parris: "Good insight."Eric Berg: "thank you"
Bronze Award Winner  Jimmy Salian Windows Server 2012R2 Firewall Rule Policy Set Eric Berg: "Thank you"Mark Parris: "Good starting list for an organisation to add to."JM: "This is a great reference topic for firewall rule policy, thanks for your contribution!"Richard Mueller: "A great reference table. A "See Also" and "Other References" sections would help."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

  • AD single object replication by Jimmy Salian
    Mark Parris: "Good old Repadmin nugget of information."
    JM: "This article contains a good tip about how to replicate one object at a time, thanks for your contribution!"
    Richard Mueller: "Short and sweet article showing how to use the repadmin tool to troubleshoot replication. We need references, and perhaps a "See Also" section."
    Eric Berg: "Thanks"
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------A huge thank you to EVERYONE who contributed an article to August's competition.Hopefully we will see you ALL again in September'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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