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Calling all Windows Server users! May TechNet Gurus announced!

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  • The results for May's TechNet Guru competition have been posted!

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/wikininjas/archive/2014/01/16/technet-guru-awards-december-2013.aspx

    Congratulations to all our new Gurus for May!

    We will be interviewing some of the winners and highlighting their achievements, as the month unfolds.

     

    Post your JUNE contributions here:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/24692.technet-guru-contributions-for-june-2014.aspx

    Read all about June's competition, hopefully in a stickied post, at the top of this forum.

     

    Below is a summary of the medal winners for May. The last column being a few of the comments from the judges.

    Unfortunately, runners up and their judge feedback comments had to be trimmed from THIS post, to fit into the forum's 60,000 character limit, however the full version is available on TechNet Wiki.

    Some articles only just missed out, so we may be returning to discuss those too, in future blogs.
     

    Guru Award  BizTalk Technical Guru - May 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

    Peter Lindgren BizTalk 2010: Call SSO from Orchestration TGN: "I bet a few people will love you for this, I often see this question at the forums, and you answered it well. Good work!"
    Mandi Ohlinger: "Great topic and great explanation. It also makes SSO seem less scary :)"
    Sandro Pereira: "Very useful sample, well explained with all the necessary code "

    Silver Award Winner

    boatseller BizTalk: Using an Orchestration Sync or Async Sandro Pereira: "Good sample provide by boatseller and well explained."
    TGN: "Hey, great work man! This is a well done article and I love it!"

    Bronze Award Winner

    Steef-Jan Wiggers Exposing data through BizTalk Service Hybrid Connections Sandro Pereira: "Nice article with a good overview about BizTalk Service Hybrid Connections and how you can configure them."
    TGN: "Good article, well explained and good pictures. Again Steef-Jan, you know what you're doing!"
    Mandi Ohlinger: "Nice set-up overview. "

    Guru Award  Forefront Identity Manager Technical Guru - May 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

    Sheldon.Jaquay Forefront Identity Manager - RCDC - Regular Expression AM: "Great contribution! Option C is clever, and the other examples are also a useful reference. Thanks for sharing your work with the community."
    Ed Price: "Nice short article. Great topic, and great blend of code, color, and images!"
    Søren Granfeldt: "Nice with a little focus on RegEx with FIM and good help for people wanting to have the portal be just a little more company specific"
    GO: "Thanks for the article, but the images weren't clear enough."

    Silver Award Winner

    Scott Eastin Installing Oracle MA for FIM R2 on Windows 2012 GO: "EX-CE-LL-EN-T article!"
    AM: "Very nice article with clear step-by-step instructions - thanks for putting this together. "
    Ed Price: "I love the sections with numbered bullets at the end. They're very clear and easy to read!"

    Guru Award  Microsoft Azure Technical Guru - May 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

    João Sousa Microsoft Azure - Remote Debbuging How To? GO: "Clever. Well Explained and written. Thanks! You absolutely deserve the GOLD medal."
    Ed Price: "Fantastic topic and great use of images!"

    Silver Award Winner

    Alex Mang The Move to the New Azure SQL Database Tiers Ed Price: "Great depth and descriptions! Very timely topic! Lots of collaboration on this article from community members!"
    GO: "great article but images are missing"

    Bronze Award Winner

    Alex Mang Separating Insights Data In Visual Studio Online Application Insights For Production And Staging Cloud Services Ed Price: "Good descriptions and clarity!"
    GO: "great article but images are missing"

    Guru Award  Microsoft Visio Technical Guru - May 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

    Mr X How to export your Orchestrator Runbooks to Visio and Word

    Ed Price: "A basic tip, but very helpful. Good job!"
    GO: "Thanks for that!"
    SR: "Nice "How To" article explaining the basic steps."
    AH: "This article is to the point takes a simple tasks and describes it accurately.

    Guru Award  SharePoint 2010 / 2013 Technical Guru - May 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

    Dan Christian Build a loop workflow using SharePoint 2010 Jinchun Chen: "Excellent article. Personally speaking, the biggest challenge is SharePoint Designer workflow is “while-loop”. Many customers had the same scene as this article set. I am sure they are like this article. "
    Benoît Jester: "An AWESOME, huge, detailed article by Dan. Did I mention the videos? Thanks Dan!"
    GO: "Great article Dan! Thanks!"
    Margriet Bruggeman: "Detailed explanation which I admire, but wouldn't be using a vs workflow be more logical in this case?"

    Silver Award Winner

    Geetanjali Arora Export User Profile Properties using CSOM Benoît Jester: "Great article on this new SharePoint 2013 development capability. I appreciate the code explanations."
    GO: "This is a great article. Love the way how you explain it."
    Margriet Bruggeman: "I will use this piece of code in the future!"
    Jinchun Chen: "Nice. How about customized properties? It would be nice more, if a CSOM script version can be attached. "

    Bronze Award Winner

    Inderjeet Singh Unable to restore site collection issue GO: "Simple. Good Written. Clear and Clever. Great article."
    Margriet Bruggeman: "Quite handy reference for this particular problem"
    Benoît Jester: "Good explanation on the site collection deletion process."

    Guru Award  Small Basic Technical Guru - May 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

    Philip Conrod Programming Home Projects with Microsoft Small Basic: Chapter 1: Writing Programs Using Small Basic RZ: "Very systematic introduction."
    Ed Price: "Good overview article that covers all the basics!"
    Michiel Van Hoorn: "Nice introduction into the history of Basic. Needs to be updated to reflect current support for Windows version (Windows NT? LOL )"

    Silver Award Winner

    Philip Conrod Programming Home Projects with Microsoft Small Basic: Chapter 6: Flash Card Math Quiz Project Michiel Van Hoorn: "This article (or book chapter) is excellent material to learn how to envision, design and build your program. The actual example program is also very usable."
    Ed Price: "I love how this tutorial keeps building on itself as it goes!"

    Bronze Award Winner

    Nonki Takahashi Small Basic: Variable RZ: "Very nice explanation of the concept of variables!"
    Michiel Van Hoorn: "Clear explanation and not frills"
    Ed Price: "Great article with fantastic formatting!"

    Guru Award  SQL BI and Power BI Technical Guru - May 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

    Durval Ramos SSIS - Event Handling with "OnError" ou "OnTaskFailed" Ed Price: "The images are very helpful! Could use a grammar pass. Great descriptions!"
    GO: "This article has everything. A conclusion, reference, see also, other languages section. everybody should write actually like this."
    NN: "An interesting topic and article but unfortunately a bit hard to understand due to grammar problems"
    PT: "This is a good article on a useful topic. Please have your article reviewed and edited for proper language."

    Silver Award Winner

    S Kamath Expansion of Time dimension in Analysis Service PT: "Your article is concise and to the point, and contains useful information. It would be good to conclude with a short summary and perhaps compare this technique to others, discussing best practices."
    Ed Price: "Good details on Time Dimension. The images help us understand as we go."
    GO: "I like this one, but something is missing. Do not know what, but I had a blast reading the other two's. Does not mean that this one is bad, but there is something missing, maybe my knowledge..."
    NN: "Good article, but seems to be missing conclusion. It will also benefit from adding See Also section"

    Bronze Award Winner

    Sherry Li SSAS – Ignore unrelated dimension or not NN: "Good and interesting article based on the blog"
    GO: "Wonderful article!"
    PT: "This is an important topic and contains helpful information but this is a simple topic that can be explained in fewer words. I found this article to be overly detailed and hard to read. I suggest having it reviewed and edited for proper language."
    Ed Price: "Good descriptions. Could be shorter. Good use of images!"

    Guru Award  SQL Server General and Database Engine Technical Guru - May 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

    Shanky Curious Case Of Logging In Online and Offline Index Rebuild In Full Recovery Model Jinchun Chen: "Good article. Thank you!"
    GO: "One of the best Wiki Articles ever! Thanks buddy!"
    DRC: "-- This is a great article which provides in-depth information on internals of Online & Offline rebuild index and Transaction logging. -- The following statement need to be re-written for more clarity. “The less logging can be attributed to the fact that no information about page allocation is logged information about de-allocation is logged please see below figure 13. Also if you compare amount of record returned in this case we had output containing just 64 rows while offline index rebuild had ____ rows.” -- Overall, a great article, thoroughly enjoyed reading it."
    NN: "Very interesting article, another great contribution by Shanky"
    Ed Price: "Thorough descriptions and great solution! Good article!"

    Silver Award Winner

    Uwe Ricken SQL Server: Be aware of the correct data type for predicates in queries Ed Price: "Incredibly well formatted! Great breakdown of sections!"
    GO: "Whoo, this is a wonderful article!"
    DRC: "-- This article explains the Query execution behaviour when the Query is not optimally written which could cause increased execution time. Great article. -- This topic is clearly explained and documented using a simple example and sample output which is easy is understand. -- Simple, very well written and great article to read. "
    NN: "Very good, easy to understand article and important information to know to all SQL Server developers"

    Guru Award  System Center Technical Guru - May 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

    Mr X Central Management of DSRM password on Domain Controllers using Orchestrator Ed Price: "The images really carry you through this article. Great execution!"
    GO: "Great article. I like your article Mr X! Thanks for your passion!"
    Kevin Holman: "Nice to see real world examples of Orchestrator in action solving problems that all customers have. This was very simple, but provides an excellent solution."

    Silver Award Winner

    W P Chomak System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 - Customizing E-Mail Notifications AB: "Easy reading info that can help many"
    Ed Price: "Short and sweet. An incredibly valuable topic and needed addition to the Wiki!"
    GO: "Clever and well written. Thanks"

    Bronze Award Winner

    Christoffer S System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 - Install applications in a task sequence based on AD-Groups Ed Price: "Good mix of code, images, and information. Could use more in-depth descriptions. Great article!"
    GO: "Clear and simple! Thank you!"

    Guru Award  Transact-SQL Technical Guru - May 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

    Naomi N T-SQL: Random Equal Distribution Jinchun Chen: "Nice."
    JS: "The crucial thing about such a procedure is to check the data before the randomization and afterwards. You might encounter situations where "John Smith" and "John Meyers" might have exchanged their First names which is technically correct, but logically and obviously wrong. So make sure that there is one additional check afterwards that makes sure that eventual privicy concerns will not survive the random process. Normally this would not happen, but I have already checked this is one of my older blog entries, where we exactly had that problem obfuscating data to make that operational and live data will not be recognized afterwards. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jenss/archive/2009/04/08/when-is-random-random-enough.aspx In addition to this some attributes are sticky to each other like gender and First Name. You also have to make sure that your distribution might change statistically in relation to other attributes."
    Richard Mueller: "Very instructive. Perhaps the See Also section should have more links."
    Ed Price: "Great formatting and topic! Could benefit from more descriptions. Great article!"
    GO: "Naomi, your article is nice. Simple to understand the 'problem' and execute the 'solution""
    Manoj Pandey: "Nice article with a different way to resolve a given problem. I think this can also be done by using NTILE() function. I've added the code in comments section."

    Silver Award Winner

    Rogge H Extending SYS.Geometry to Utilize Temporal Data GO: "Great article, I enjoyed reading it. Thank you"
    Manoj Pandey: "I like the idea, but it took me some more time to understand the overall logic as I'm new to Geo datatypes, Thanks."
    JS: "For me not using this sort of things regularly, I don't see the problem and the benefit. I have no doubt that this is a brilliant explanations how to cope with a problem, but for me this is missing yet the red line. More pictures would be helpful describing the problem and outlining the results produced."
    Richard Mueller: "Needs more explanation, and perhaps an example. There should be links to relevant references."
    Ed Price: "Good job on the opening descriptions! Could benefit from breaking up and explaining the code more. Images and references would be helpful. Good article!"

    Bronze Award Winner

    Hasham Niaz DataCleanUp() Function Implementation in MS SQL Server Jinchun Chen: "Good."
    JS: "-Does actually not work for Case senstive areas where I want to remoce certain Upper/lower case characters. This might be not interesting for some people, but is extremely important and relevant to other people. The limitation is that I can´t pass multiple values to be removed from the string, right ? Could this be implemented as well as many people wash out their data from unused / unimportant control characters. "I have tested it on a table which has got more than 11 Million rows and it executed fine returning the correct results. Since this is a scalar function you will notice decrease in performance." Once you want to maintain the old data and keep the new cleaned up one seperately, you could suggest something like persisting the data in a computed column which could be indexed and then help improving the performance. This would not be the case for any adhoc queries though."
    Richard Mueller: "Very clever and also very useful. There should be links to references, for example to explain the PATINDEX function."
    Ed Price: "Great job on this article! Very clear and well executed! See JS's comments for some thoughts about what's possible. Great article!"
    Manoj Pandey: "A good utility Function that I can use and tweak for my future needs, Thanks."

    Gold Award Winner

    Jaliya Udagedara Calling WCF Service from a Stored Procedure in Microsoft SQL Server 2012 GO: "Gold Winner. For sure!"
    Ed Price: "Amazing article! The depth, images, and code formatting make this fantastic!"
    NN: "Great article, thorough explanations, great interaction in the comments - very useful tutorial"
    Søren Granfeldt: "Nice work."

    Silver Award Winner

    João Sousa ASP.NET MVC 5 - Bootstrap 3.0 in 3 Steps GO: "Thanks for that great article"
    Ed Price: "Great formatting! Good use of images!"
    NN: "Nice introduction to Bootstrap in ASP.MVC project"
    Søren Granfeldt: "Just a little more technical explanation would be nice"

    Bronze Award Winner

    Critical_stop Using 64-bit shortcuts from a 32-bit application NN: "Good and short article, right to the point"
    Søren Granfeldt: "Mixing and matching 32/64 bit always seems to give people a hassle. This will help those having issues."
    GO: "good one!"
    Ed Price: "Good article. Short and sweet."

    Guru Award  Wiki and Portals Technical Guru - May 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

    XAML guy TechNet Guru Competition: Judge System Explanation GO: "No one could do it beter than you Pete! Thanks!"
    Richard Mueller: "Excellent explanation of the judging system. Perhaps could use a See Also section."
    Ed Price: "Good quote from Shanky in the comments, "Awesome....Kudos to your for your beautiful work" -- Great job!"
    NN: "Very good article. It may also benefit from See Also section"

    Silver Award Winner

    Payman Biukaghazadeh TechNet Wiki Persian Council GO: "Go Persion GOOO!"
    Richard Mueller: "The Persian Council is an excellent idea. The link to "How to Write an Article" should be in a See Also section, along with other articles."
    NN: "Great article, missing a link to other portals and councils pages"
    Ed Price: "Thank you to Payman and the Persian community for jumping in! The Wiki is warm!"

    Bronze Award Winner

    Durval Ramos Wiki: Best Practices for building TechNet Wiki Portals Ed Price: "Fantastic job from Durval on helping us standardize the portals!"
    NN: "Good article, but unfortunately a bit hard to read and understand due to bad grammar. "
    Richard Mueller: "Excellent and important topic. Grammar still needs work. I like the links and See Also."

    Guru Award  Windows Phone and Windows Store Apps Technical Guru - May 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

    Sara Silva Authentication using Facebook, Google and Microsoft account in WP8.0 App (MVVM) Ed Price: "Great article! Great code formatting and good use of code comments for descriptions of what your code's doing! Could be improved by breaking out the code with more descriptions in the article (in addition to the code comments). Very in-depth article! "
    Peter Laker: "An excellent article, pulling together all the bits you need to make this happen"

    Silver Award Winner

    SubramanyamRaju.B WindowsPhone Facebook Integration:How to post message/image to FaceBook Fan Page(C#-XAML) Ed Price: "Good topic! Code blocks would help with the formatting. Good job on this article!"
    Peter Laker: "Love this, very useful to many I'm sure, thanks!"

    Bronze Award Winner

    Saad Mahmood Creating a custom control in Expression Blend with Custom Properties (WindowsPhone & Store) Ed Price: "This has a good mix of descriptions and clarity! The images help a lot!"
    Peter Laker: "A nice introduction to our beloved Blend. Great work!"

    Guru Award  Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) Technical Guru - May 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

    Magnus (MM8) WPF/MVVM: Merging Cells In a ListView KJ: "Ah the collectionViewSource -- never used it myself but this looks like a good reference article if I ever needed to..."
    GO: "Thank you!"
    Ed Price: "Great formatting and good descriptions. Short and sweet! Another fantastic entry from Magnus!"
    Peter Laker: "Thank you again Magnus"

    Guru Award  Windows Server Technical Guru - May 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

    Mr X How to implement User Activity Recording for AD-Integrated Critical Servers by combining the use of Group Policy, Powershell and Orchestrator Philippe Levesque: "Really good information and detailed step."
    JH: "brilliant, love how it combines different technologies to achieve a solution, clearly written and well illustrated."
    JM: "Another excellent article, thanks again for your many great contributions"
    Richard Mueller: "Very creative solution. Great to have such detailed steps and images."
    GO: "I like the conclusion. Thanks"

    Silver Award Winner

    Mr X How Domain Controllers are located in Windows GO: "Super article Mr X! Merci!"
    JM: "Yet again, excellent article."
    Richard Mueller: "Good documentation. An explanation of how the priorities and weights are determined would help. A See Also section would also help."
    Philippe Levesque: "Good "In deep" information. Good to know to help diagnose computer problem in AD's site."
    JH: "another good article, great diagrams. Some repetition but it does help clarify a complex issue. "

    Bronze Award Winner

    Mahdi Tehrani Detailed Concepts:Secure Channel Explained JH: "great article. This fills an important gap in this content space. Editing is a little rough, but diagrams and explanations are clear."
    JM: "This is a very good article, however you need to provide more detail in the section on how to fix a broken Channel."
    Richard Mueller: "Excellent topic. Grammar needs work. Good images. Could use a See Also section."
    Philippe Levesque: "Really good explanation of the secure's channel, I like the debugging step included ! "
    GO: "Thanks for this, not everybody know about secure channel."

    As mentioned above, runners up and their judge feedback were removed from this forum post, to fit into the forum's 60,000 character limit.

     

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

    Hopefully we will see you ALL again in this month's listings?

    As mentioned above, runners up and comments were removed from this post, to fit into the forum's 60,000 character limit.

    You will find the complete post, comments and feedback on the main post.

    Please join the discussion, add a comment, or suggest future categories.

    If you have not yet contributed an article for this month, and you think you can write a more useful, clever, or better produced wiki article than the winners above, here's your chance! :D

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  • Congrats to Mr X and Mahdi!

    Guru Award  Windows Server Technical Guru - May 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

    Mr X How to implement User Activity Recording for AD-Integrated Critical Servers by combining the use of Group Policy, Powershell and Orchestrator Philippe Levesque: "Really good information and detailed step."
    JH: "brilliant, love how it combines different technologies to achieve a solution, clearly written and well illustrated."
    JM: "Another excellent article, thanks again for your many great contributions"
    Richard Mueller: "Very creative solution. Great to have such detailed steps and images."
    GO: "I like the conclusion. Thanks"

    Silver Award Winner

    Mr X How Domain Controllers are located in Windows GO: "Super article Mr X! Merci!"
    JM: "Yet again, excellent article."
    Richard Mueller: "Good documentation. An explanation of how the priorities and weights are determined would help. A See Also section would also help."
    Philippe Levesque: "Good "In deep" information. Good to know to help diagnose computer problem in AD's site."
    JH: "another good article, great diagrams. Some repetition but it does help clarify a complex issue. "

    Bronze Award Winner

    Mahdi Tehrani Detailed Concepts:Secure Channel Explained JH: "great article. This fills an important gap in this content space. Editing is a little rough, but diagrams and explanations are clear."
    JM: "This is a very good article, however you need to provide more detail in the section on how to fix a broken Channel."
    Richard Mueller: "Excellent topic. Grammar needs work. Good images. Could use a See Also section."
    Philippe Levesque: "Really good explanation of the secure's channel, I like the debugging step included ! "
    GO: "Thanks for this, not everybody know about secure channel."


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