TechNet Guru Awards - September 2018

All the votes (for September) are finally in!

Below are the results for the TechNet Guru Awards, September 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 - September 2018 
Gold Award Winner Vincent Maverick Durano Entity Framework and ASP.NET MVC 5: Building Web Application (Part 2)
Sabah Shariq: "Guideline with detail steps. Nice work!"Gaurav Kumar Arora: "One more great write up from Vincent. Nicely explained and giving good start to develop a web application using EF"Khanna Gaurav: "Nicely explained"
Silver Award Winner AnkitSharma007 ASP.NET Core: Expense Manager Using EF Core And Highcharts
Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Giving a walk through to create an expenses management dashboard by providing a code and description made this write up the best one. Thanks Ankit for sharing such a wonderful write up."Khanna Gaurav: "Great article"Sabah Shariq: "Example looks good but a suggestion though instead of rephrasing the concept, example and usage I would recommend improving the topic about what next could be done with this technology."
Bronze Award Winner Hansamali Gamage ASP.NET Core MVC: How to load a partial view
Sabah Shariq: "Good thought of using List with model class as a data structure. A suggestion though background section can be simplified by putting topic related to this and rest are in See Also section."Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Good write up to start with Partial views in ASP.NET Core MVC."Khanna Gaurav: "Nice article"


 BizTalk Technical Guru - September 2018 
Gold Award Winner DBS14 Migrating BizTalk Maps to Azure Logic Apps: Shortcomings & Solutions (an update)
Todd Rivers: "Nicely described and vey detailed"JS: "Really great to have all this in one place. Top spot material."Kuppurasu Nagaraj: "Good article with explanations, images, and coding. Great Job!"Stacy Deere Strole: "The overall content of the article is very good and on point. However, the layout could use some work to ensure the flow is smooth and easily transitions from one section to another. Example: Great introduction paragraph and then there is a dive into the "External Assemblies" which again is great content until you diverts to "Things to note". Adding to the intro would of made flow simpler."


 Microsoft Azure Technical Guru - September 2018 
Gold Award Winner Mandar Dharmadhikari Building Weather Assistant Chatbot using Bot Builder SDK v 4 and ASP.NET Core 2.0
DEVA: "Nice!!"Eric Berg: "Good article. Thank you!"Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "Amazing demonstration of the chatbot technology! Great job!"Lasse Wedø: "Informative article, be aware of using to many (and large) photos taking up a lot of space."
Silver Award Winner George Chrysovaladis Grammatikos Azure: Replicate On-premise Domain Controller To Azure Virtual Machine
Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "Useful reference for folks working with Azure VM!"DEVA: "Nice!!"Eric Berg: "Thank you for this article. Title is a bit misleading...The main part of your article describes how to implement a Site-to-Site VPN... and replicating a Domain Controller does not differ in Azure."
Bronze Award Winner George Chrysovaladis Grammatikos Azure: How To Schedule Start-Stop Azure Virtual Machine
Lasse Wedø: "Informative and to the point. Useful."Eric Berg: "Thank you"DEVA: "Nice!!"


 Miscellaneous Technical Guru - September 2018 
Gold Award Winner Rajeesh Menoth Cognitive Services : Translate Text into multiple languages using Translator Text API With Asp.Net Core & C#
Lasse Wedø: "Good buildup and walk-through, informative"Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "Awesome article! I think that this article could be added to the Azure category instead of the general "Miscellaneous" category."
Silver Award Winner Karen Payne How to: Consistent modal message dialogs with C# and jQuery
Lasse Wedø: "Informative, but what about placing images next to the code to show the actual output"Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "Great article. Well written. I think that there is a place to find some articles to add to the "See also" section, which is empty now. Well done"
Bronze Award Winner C Sharp Conner Exchange PowerShell Cmdlets - Granting Access for AD Accounts
Lasse Wedø: "Seems like a blog post. Need some structure with an introduction and a summary at least."Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "Thanks for sharing. With that being said, this post cannot be considered as article. It is written as personal post (using first person approach instead of third person as shared article should be), it has no structure (no table of content, no introduction, no closer, or any section which should be in article). More work should be done on this post."


 SharePoint Technical Guru - September 2018 
Gold Award Winner Arleta Wanat Error handling in Microsoft Flow
John Naguib: "Very nice, well done"Andre Vala: "Thank you Arleta. Very useful post for people starting with Flow that want to take it a little further. Simple and effective."Mohamed El-Qassas: "Simple and helpful article. I liked the Microsoft flow definition at the beginning plus the clear images. It would be great to add more details about how to create the steps that will run only after the previous one has failed like send email ..etc. I would also love to see the "conclusion" section, the use of the numbered list format for the steps, and the "bullet list" in the "see also" section."
Silver Award Winner Ramakrishnan Raman Azure AD Implicit flow with SPFx using ADAL JS
Mohamed El-Qassas: "Great Article, I love the GIF images, the detailed TOC structure, and the valuable contents.It would be great to1. Use the 'Numbered list' in the format toolbar to list your steps instead of using "step 1, 1)"2. Use the 'code block' format for all cmdlets and the "WIKI HTML Object Templates" like the "Important box" to highlight the important notes."Andre Vala: "Thank you Ramakrishnan. Nice article with a simple but effective example. The videos/gifs are much better than simple screenshots to explain the steps to execute. Congratulations."John Naguib: "Thanks for sharing"
Bronze Award Winner Luke Taylor SharePoint 2019 - Offline Installation of Prerequisites
John Naguib: "Thanks for sharing"Andre Vala: "Thank you Luke. Useful post that will definitely save people some time when performing the offline installation of pre-requisites. Make sure you also test it with the now released version of SharePoint Server 2019."Mohamed El-Qassas: "Good topic, I love the concept of using offline installer for the SharePoint prerequisites especially when there is no internet connection on the server. I wish you could mention that! the article structure and format need some improvements, it would be great to use the 'code block' format for the cmdlet, images for the output, "see also" for the related links like Trevor link! plus "Conclusion"."


 SQL BI and Power BI Technical Guru - September 2018 
Gold Award Winner George Chrysovaladis Grammatikos Power BI Desktop: How To Get Data
Visakh16: "A simple article explaining on data sources available in Power BI and how they can be configured for extracting required data from the sources"Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "Interesting topic and a great write up. The references are useful for anyone working in database systems."Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "The article discuss a basic topic, which is well explained starting with a nice and clear introduction and it continue with well described content. The article is well formatted as a TN Wiki article and well written. Great work!"


 System Center Technical Guru - September 2018 
Gold Award Winner Leon Laude Step-by-Step Guide to Upgrade System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2 to 1807
Eric Berg: "Well done, Well structured. Thank you"AB: "Nice, thanks!"
Silver Award Winner Stoyan Chalakov System Center Operations Manager and the syptoms of the disabled SQL Server Service Broker
Eric Berg: "Thank you"AB: "Excellent article!"


 Transact-SQL Technical Guru - September 2018 
Gold Award Winner Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) Control target output of Invoke-Sqlcmd including success Queries, Error, Warning, Debug , and PRINT statements
Khanna Gaurav: "Options very well explained"Mohamed El-Qassas: "Awesome article, Ronen Ariely. Very thorough, well written and formated, I love the valuable contents with multiple clear demos & results, the handmade PowerShell image looks fantastic :). Thanks a lot for sharing this topic in WIKI :)"Visakh16: "A good article giving options of capturing the query execution status, debugging etc for T-SQL queries using PowerShell. Usage of images and sections is great. The article gives good information on certain undocumented features of Invoke-Sqlcmd. Including few screenshots of how the output looks would have been great to give reader the feel of the environment."Richard Mueller: "Great information on a useful PowerShell cmdlet. I like the demos, the code examples, and the links to resources."


 Visual Basic Technical Guru - September 2018 
Gold Award Winner .paul. _ VB.Net - JSON Currency Converter
Khanna Gaurav: "Nice article"SYEDSHANU: "Great post Paul,Good to see the real time data used for the money transfer.Thank you for sharing"Richard Mueller: "Great article. Good use of Wiki guidelines (as usual). I like the code."


 Visual C# Technical Guru - September 2018 
Gold Award Winner Karen Payne C# Excel connection component tray builder
Jaliya Udagedara: "Nice helper component. I am sure this article will be helpful."Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Short but helpful write up. Nicely explained."
Silver Award Winner .paul. _ C# - JSON Currency Converter
Khanna Gaurav: "Nice article"Jaliya Udagedara: "Great tip, thanks for sharing!"Gaurav Kumar Arora: "Well defined walk through using a code, more description would add more clarity to the code. JSON conversion is the base of this write-up."


 Wiki and Portals Technical Guru - September 2018 
Gold Award Winner Dave Rendón Azure Kubernetes: Survival Guide
Kia Zhi Tang: "Thank you for compiling a survival guide wiki portal for AKS."Ronen Ariely (aka pituach) : "Great work in collecting all the relevant links from the official documentation, but I expected to see much more links to TechNet Wiki articles. I think that there is place for improving by adding relevant TN Wiki articles. In any case this is nice Survival Guide which can be very useful. Well done!"


 Windows Server Technical Guru - September 2018 
Gold Award Winner Subhro Majumder Windows Server: Creating a DNS Reverse Lookup Zone with Smaller Zones
Kia Zhi Tang: "Thank you for sharing your experience with good walk-through of the problem with solution. Keep up with this type wiki article because I do really enjoy reading these."Mark Parris: "Worthy of a read."Richard Mueller: "Very important information for any admins creating overlapping zones. Well researched information. Very useful script. Thank you."Eric Berg: "Interesting topic. Thank you"
Silver Award Winner Subhro Majumder Active Directory : Automate Backup Success-Failure Notification
Eric Berg: "Thank you for this article. Well done"Mark Parris: "Interesting if you are not using a 3rd party product."Richard Mueller: "Useful scripts to monitor automatic backups."Kia Zhi Tang: "Thank you for your contribution in providing an email notification alerting solution for AD DS backup."


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

Best regards,
Pete Laker


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