TechNet Guru Winners - February 2019

All the votes (for February) are in!

Below are the results for the TechNet Guru Awards, February 2019 !!!!


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 - February 2019 
Gold Award Winner  AnkitSharma007 Blazor: Deploying An Application On Firebase Jaliya Udagedara: "A great article. Loved the use of different technologies. Perfect!"Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "Amazing write-up with a good presentation."Sabah Shariq: "Nice."


 Microsoft 365 /O365 Technical Guru - February 2019 
Gold Award Winner  Bhargav Reddy, N SharePoint Online: Trigger a Microsoft Flow with button click John Naguib: "Nice wiki, thanks for sharing you can have a series of wikis to talk about Flow"Mohamed El-Qassas: "Awesome article! clear images, detailed, organized and valuable explanation! Thank you so much for sharing this article in the wiki."Priyaranjan Ks: "Well Structured and a great walk through of Microsoft Flow invocation."


 Microsoft Azure Technical Guru - February 2019 
Gold Award Winner  George Chrysovaladis Grammatikos Azure SQL: Schedule A Data Migration From On-Premise To Azure Cloud Anton Staykov: "Interesting article showing evolved tooling. However I wonder why would I prefer that tool over the Azure native Azure Database Migration Service, as described here:, which is not even mentioned in the See Also section."Abhishek Kumar: "Nice !! Clean walkthrough steps for data migration to azure"Eric Berg: "Thanks"Rajat Jaiswal: "Nice step by step explanation of how to migrate from on-prem to Azure."Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "Interesting, however would have been good to mention Azure SQL in the title! :-)"Kia Zhi Tang: "Good screenshot walkthrough and embedding your own youtube video. Thank you for the effort."Lasse Wedø: "I like the article, but I do think some of the screenshots are unnecessary."


 Miscellaneous Technical Guru - February 2019 
Gold Award Winner  Ronen Ariely GitHub Pages: Hosting your website free, Step By Step Tutorial for beginners Philippe Levesque: "Really good article for a github beginner"Rajat Jaiswal: "Nice, Step by Step description for Beginners."Lasse Wedø: "A thorough walk-through."Richard Mueller: "Very informative, and worth looking into."Diederik Krols: "Very useful, thanks!"
Note! The TechNet Wiki is first of all Microsoft official website and as such it's focuses only on Microsoft products and Microsoft technologies. Articles which are not related to Microsoft do fit the TechNet Wiki and therefore, cannot participate in the TechNet Wiki contest.


 SharePoint Technical Guru - February 2019 
Gold Award Winner  Ramakrishnan Raman An Introduction to single part app pages Tiago Costa: "Good article. Could have more content."John Naguib: "Thanks for sharing"Hezequias Vasconcelos: "Simple and objective description of a SharePoint solution source code. Good job."Mohamed El-Qassas: "Simple and helpful article! I would suggest adding some other details about the capability of single part app pages, and the reference section and list the steps in a bulleted list in this section (Create Single App Part Page Using Powershell), Well done Ramakrishnan Raman!"


 Small Basic Technical Guru - February 2019 
Gold Award Winner  Nonki Takahashi Microsoft Small Basic Online v1.0: How to Build SYEDSHANU: "Great Article and nice to know about Small Basic Online v1.0,Thank you for sharing Nonki Takahashi."


 SQL BI and Power BI Technical Guru - February 2019 
Gold Award Winner  Av111 The report server was unable to validate interity of encryted data in database (rsCannotValidateEncryptedData) PT: "Good topic and an article would help users understand and remedy the issue. This looks like you started writing something and didn't finish. Please introduce the topic, explain how and why this error might occur and then explain how to resolve it. The supporting screen shots, error text and command script are good but this article needs more substance to be complete."Visakh16: "Would require adding some more content with the current images to make it into a full fledged standard Wiki article. Without any proper introduction etc its hard for the readers to follow on exact purpose of article and understand what value it provides. Would require amendment before it can be ranked among standard Wiki articles"Peter Laker: "On balance the article was judged to be sufficient to earn a medal for this category. Luckily the lack of competition means you even get a gold! Thanks for a keeping the category warm and passing on such tips. This is what people search for and we all say "someone must have done it before me. Would love to see more. If you could flesh it our and remove most formatting, it could sand the test of time and be easier found. Many thanks. Thanks AV111"


 SQL Server General and Database Engine Technical Guru - February 2019 
Gold Award Winner  Mohsin_A_Khan Understanding, Implementing and Managing Policy-Based Management in SQL Server Visakh16: "Detailed article giving thorough knowledge on Policy Based Management and step by step explanation on its implementation, evaluation and export/import of policies. This is really helpful for someone who wants to get clear understanding on the concept and its implementation, thanks to the step by step approach. Usage of images is also great. On the whole a good addition to Wiki"Diederik Krols: "Very well explained! Thank you."Rajat Jaiswal: "Nice Detail explanation."


 System Center Technical Guru - February 2019 
Gold Award Winner  Leon Laude DPM: Step-by-Step Installing and Attaching a server in a Workgroup / DMZ environment Eric Berg: "good writeup. Thank you"Adam Fowler: "Great clear screenshots, great for anyone to follow this guide."Joseph Moody: "Excellent article and very useful!!"Kia Zhi Tang: "Thank you for a good screenshot walkthrough."


 Transact-SQL Technical Guru - February 2019 
Gold Award Winner  SathyanarrayananS SQL Server Import/Export to Excel using R script Diederik Krols: "Step 5 is missing in the TOC. Other than that: great walk through!"Visakh16: "Article giving another dimension to export import functionality using R script. Step by step approach including setup steps is awesome. Starters will find it easy to follow the article and implement the functionality"Richard Mueller: "Lots of code examples are good and help to explain. The "See Also" section should link other Wiki articles. Other links can be in a "Other Resources" or "References" section."


 Visual Basic Technical Guru - February 2019 
Gold Award Winner  Karen Payne VB.NET Fluent Builder Design Pattern SYEDSHANU: "Great Article with very detailed explanation,nice to see the source code attached,thank you for sharing Karen."Diederik Krols: "Well written! Every API should have a Fluent version."Khanna Gaurav: "Great article"Richard Mueller: "I like the code using these techniques. I don't mind if the code is longer, it is easier to read and understand, which is important. Great article."


 Visual C# Technical Guru - February 2019 
Gold Award Winner  Karen Payne Connecting to databases and exception handling Diederik Krols: "Nice!"Jaliya Udagedara: "Good article on using ADO.NET to connect to Databases."Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan: "Neat write-up, and neater code."Khanna Gaurav: "Great article. Recommended to learn connecting to database and exception handling."


 Wiki and Portals Technical Guru - February 2019 
Gold Award Winner  Peter Geelen Wiki Troubleshooting: Adding an animated gif image Richard Mueller: "Excellent to write this, so we don't need to reinvent the wheel in the future. I forgot all about this issue. Good clear explanation."
Silver Award Winner  Rajeesh Menoth TechNet Guru Contributions - Microsoft 365 /O365 Richard Mueller: "Excellent to collect these Wiki articles in this new category in one place. Good references."
Bronze Award Winner  Carsten Siemens Wiki Bugfix: Save with Retry Richard Mueller: "A very interesting solution to an aggravating problem in the Wiki. But I think the Wiki platform will get replaced before the bugs in the existing platform will get fixed. In the meantime, this fix can help."


 Windows Server Technical Guru - February 2019 
Gold Award Winner  Subhro Majumder Active Directory : Design Considerations and Best Practices Eric Berg: "thank you"Philippe Levesque: "Great article ! it's a good compilations of informations. Adding reference(s) would be nice."Joseph Moody: "Great advice - I'll be pointing people to this article for AD design questions."Kia Zhi Tang: "Good wiki and well structured. Very informative. Keep it up. Thank you"Mark Parris: "A good starting point for anyone implementing a new AD or who wants to remind themselves of what they may have long forgotten."
Silver Award Winner  Richard Mueller Active Directory: Syntaxes of Attributes Peter Geelen: "As usual, great stuff again!"Mark Parris: "Excellent article on one of the detail points of Active Directory."Kia Zhi Tang: "Another great wiki article from Richard. Great contribution. Thank you very much."Joseph Moody: "Good post Richard! Always good to have this."Eric Berg: "well done"Philippe Levesque: "Really good article to learn more about the basic of Active Directory."


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

Best regards,
Pete Laker


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