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System Center TechNet Guru Announced for June 2014

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  • The Results are in! And the winners of the TechNet Guru Competition June 2014 have been posted on the Wiki Ninjas Blog.

    Below is a summary, heavily trimmed to fit the size restrictions of forum posting.

     

    Guru Award  BizTalk Technical Guru - June 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

     

    Steef-Jan Wiggers BizTalk Server: Custom Archiving TGN: "This one was my favorite this month. Archiving is a topic that is brought up often. Well done explaining it simply and how to do it according to best practice"
    Sandro Pereira: "Love the topic, well explain and with everything you need, my favorite."
    Mandi Ohlinger: "Another great addition to the Wiki. "

    Silver Award Winner

     

    boatseller BizTalk: Reducing and Consolidating WCF Serialization Schema Types TGN: "Very good, keeping the code clean, and only referencing what you need and consolidate it is important!"
    Mandi Ohlinger: "Great solution to somewhat-annoying behavior. Nice addition to the Wiki!"
    Sandro Pereira: "Great article."

    Bronze Award Winner

     

    Murugesan Mari Chettiar How to Implement Concurrent FIFO Solution in BizTalk Server Ed Price: "Incredibly thorough in your explanations! Great formatting. Good job!"
    TGN: "First in, first out. Great article Murugesan!"
    Sandro Pereira: "Good additional to the TechNet Wiki, good work."

     

    Guru Award  Forefront Identity Manager Technical Guru - June 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

     

    Remi Vandemir Custom Reports in FIM2010R2 AM: "Great step-by-step guide for generating custom reports. Thanks for taking the time to put this together."
    PG: "Nice article, in an area that is less known!"
    Søren Granfeldt: "Very comprehensive."
    Ed Price: "Great job on the intro, and a lot of images really help clarify all the steps!"
    GO: "Thank you "

    Silver Award Winner

     

    Eihab Isaac FIM 2010 R2: Review pending export changes to Active Directory using XSLT Ed Price: "Great introduction, great steps, and great job on the image and code formatting!"
    GO: "An introduction, a sample code, images, a TOC and a conclusion. Nothing here to preserve the GOLD medal!"
    PG: "Nice article!"
    Søren Granfeldt: "Nice and precise"

    Bronze Award Winner

     

    Scott Eastin A Practical Alternative to the PeopleSoft AM: "Thank you for sharing. Great (and probably superior) alternative for those using PeopleSoft as import-only data source."
    GO: "Amazing article, love it so much"
    PG: "Would like to see more elaborated details in this article."
    Søren Granfeldt: "A little more technical stuff would be nice"
    Ed Price: "Some good community collaboration in removing blog-like personalization. This is a great topic with some good holistic thinking!"

     

    Guru Award  Microsoft Azure Technical Guru - June 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

     

    Mr X Configuration of WATM (Windows Azure Traffic Manager) for Web Portals hosted on Azure VMs JH: "Two simple words: Love it! The detailed explanation on how Traffic Manager works is awesome."
    Ed Price: "Wow! Incredibly well written, with beautiful diagrams and a great use of images and tables! Great topic!"
    GO: "This is a great article! Thanks Mr.X"

    Silver Award Winner

     

    Mr X How to use Windows Azure as Traffic Manager for Web portals hosted in multiple on-premise datacenters JH: "Very detailed! Great explanation at the beginning followed by a good step-by-step guide."
    Ed Price: "A much needed article! Great job on the formatting and images!"
    GO: "Thanks again, MR.X"

    Bronze Award Winner

     

    Mr X How to connect Orchestrator to Windows Azure GO: "I really enjoyed reading this article, clever and well written. Lovely done!"
    JH: "Great article! I especially love the amount of pictures provided in the article."
    Ed Price: "Good procedural article! Great use of images!"

    Guru Award  Microsoft Visio Technical Guru - June 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

     

    Mr X How to open Visio files without Visio AH: "This Article is pretty basic and lacks details. Visio Viewer doesn't just open in IE but also in Outlook and File explorer. The writer should include the link to http://blogs.office.com/2012/11/28/download-the-free-microsoft-visio-viewer/ this blog which has lot more details "
    Ed Price: "Good. I think the SEO on the title will drive more awareness of the Visio Viewer."
    GO: "Thanks you Mr.X! Again a great article!"


     

    Guru Award  Miscellaneous Technical Guru - June 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

     

    Ed Price - MSFT Yammer: Announcements Feature TGN: "Wow, not only is this a good way on how to write annoncments on Yammer, but in generel. Really, really great write-up Ed! T"
    GO: "Tord says on the comment section: "Very nice article, Ed. I really enjoyed reading it and you had a great set of tips. Thanks for sharing!".. I only can respond AMEN! Thanks Ed!"
    Margriet Bruggeman: "Good discussion of announcements feature."

    Silver Award Winner

     

    Anthony Caragol Backing Up and Restoring Lync 2013 Contacts Margriet Bruggeman: "Short & Sweet"
    GO: "Great article, but I'm missing, examples, images, definitions etc for a huge section like "backup and restore""
    TGN: "Very good, Lync has eaten up the market and is a key product in most companies, articles like this is very valuable. Great work Anthony!"

     
     

    Guru Award  SharePoint 2010 / 2013 Technical Guru - June 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

     

    Geetanjali Arora SharePoint Online : Working with People Search and User Profiles Benoît Jester: "A very good article, a must-read for those interested by SharePoint Online and the use of search and user profile API."
    Jinchun Chen: "Excellent. Just a tip, if you would like to improve the performance, please use the Search Service to search user profiles"
    Craig Lussier: "Good walkthrough and code example for getting started with People Search!"
    Margriet Bruggeman: "Good starter for working with search and profiles"

    Silver Award Winner

     

    Jaydeep Mungalpara Creating Bookmarks in Wiki Pages - SharePoint Rich Text Editor Extension Margriet Bruggeman: "Really cool! In the past, I was actually looking for this and its a nice implementation of this functionality. This article gets my vote!"
    Craig Lussier: "Great solution for extending out of the box functionality. I like the synergy between the TechNet Wiki and TechNet Gallery!"
    GO: "Simple but powerfull. We should all take an example about how this article has been written. This article has a TOC, headings and even a code! Well done!"
    Jinchun Chen: "Nice. "
    Benoît Jester: "A simple button which can save a lot of time!"

    Bronze Award Winner

     

    Dan Christian PowerShell to copy or update list items across SharePoint sites and farms GO: "The best artice for June! Thanks Dan, you deserve the GOLD medal!"
    Benoît Jester: "A good article with useful scripts, as they can be used fior many scenarios (data refresh, migration tests, ...)"
    Jinchun Chen: "Good and low-cost solution. To be automatic, we can use EventHandle instead. "
    Craig Lussier: "Nice PowerShell script solution and explanation of the scenario. Consider using functions with parameters for easier reuse so input parameters are not hard coded."
    Margriet Bruggeman: "This script can be useful, although typically migration scenarios are more complex than this. Having said that, I probably end up using this script some time in in the future"

     

    Guru Award  Small Basic Technical Guru - June 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

     

    litdev Small Basic: Sprite Arrays Ed Price: "An important topic that's well described with fantastic examples! Great article!"
    Michiel Van Hoorn: "Great starter for Sprite Fundamentals and how to handle them. Briljant start point for greating you 2D shooter"

    Silver Award Winner

     

    Jibba Jabba Small Basic - Monthly Challenge Statistics Ed Price: "Jibba Jabba brings us astonishing insights and data about LitDev's Small Basic Monthly Challenges!"
    RZ: "This is very nicely done and showed all the statistics visually"

    Bronze Award Winner

     

    Nonki Takahashi Small Basic: Challenge of the Month RZ: "This is very nicely done and organized all challenges of the month in one place"
    Ed Price: "Although this is very basic, it's incredibly helpful to get all these in one list and to access all the great challenges!"
    Michiel Van Hoorn: "Good explainer on  fundamental structures."

     

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

    Gold Award Winner

     

    Anil Maharjan Using Power Query to tell your story form your Facebook Data Jinchun Chen: "Interesting. I liked this best"
    PT: "Plenty to like here" 
    Ed Price: "Great! I love to see Power Query articles like this! Great formatting and use of images!"

    Silver Award Winner

     

    Tim Pacl SSRS Expressions: Part 1 - Program Flow PT: "A very comprehensive article about program flow expressions. Nice job. I'm sure many will benefit from this article. Just a little feedback about some terminology that could be more clear: The entire statement that is typically used to set a property value for an object in an SSRS report is an "expression". Each of the three programming constructs you've mentioned (e.g. IIF, SWITCH & CHOOSE) are "functions" and not expressions or statements."
    Jinchun Chen: "Perfect! Good article for SSRS newbie." 
    Ed Price: "The table and images help bring it more value. Great job!"

    Bronze Award Winner

     

    Anil Maharjan How to Schedule and Automate backups of all the SSAS catalogs within the Server Instance

    PT: "This is a very useful article about automating multiple Analysis Services database backups using an SSIS package and the SQL Server Agent. Nice job."
    Jinchun Chen: "Good." 
    Ed Price: "Good use of images. Could be improved with better code formatting. Good job!"

     

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

    Gold Award Winner

     

    Shanky SQL Server: What does Column Compressed Page Count Value Signify in DMV Sys.dm_db_index_physical_stats ? DB: "Interesting and detailed"
    DRC: "• This is a good article and provides details of each and every step and the output with explanation. Very well formed and great information. • We can modify the create table query with “DEFAULT VALUES". CREATE TABLE [dbo].[INDEXCOMPRESSION]( [C1] [int] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL, [C2] [char](50) NULL DEFAULT 'DEFAULT TEST DATA' ) ON [PRIMARY]"
    GO: "Very informative and well formed article as Said says.. Thanks for that great ressource. "

    Silver Award Winner

     

    Durval Ramos How to get row counts for all Tables

    GO: "As usual Durva has one of the best articles about SQL Server General and Database Engine articles! Thanks, buddy!" "
    Jinchun Chen: "Another great tip!"
    PT: "Nice tip" 
    Ed Price: "Good topic, formatting, and use of images. This would be far better if the examples didn't require the black bars in the images. So it would be better to scrub the data before taking the screenshots. Still a good article. Thank you!"


     

    Guru Award  System Center Technical Guru - June 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

     

    Prajwal Desai Deploying SCCM 2012 R2 Clients Using Group Policy Ed Price: "Great depth on this article! Valuable topic. Good use of images."

    Silver Award Winner

     

    Mr X How to introduce monitoring and automatic recovery of IIS application pools using Orchestrator MA: "Good job Mr X, However I would like to see this runbook integrated as a recovery task with Operations Manager IISapppools Monitors in order to maintain a standard way of notifications and availability reporting."
    Ed Price: "Good formatting on the images, and great scenario!"

    Bronze Award Winner

     

    Prajwal Desai How to deploy lync 2010 using SCCM 2012 R2 Ed Price: "Great job documenting the entire process!!!"


      

    Guru Award  Transact-SQL Technical Guru - June 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

     

    Saeid Hasani T-SQL: How to Generate Random Passwords JS: "I loved the article, well structured, to the point. Not missing any caveats that might occur, really good in the end. I would suggest changing the function to accept a whitelist / blacklist as well as a length of the password to be created. This would be the cherry on the pie :-)"
    Samuel Lester: "Very nice writeup for a real world problem!"
    Richard Mueller: "Clever and apparently well researched. I liked the detailed step by step explanations."
    Jinchun Chen: "Excellent!"
    Manoj Pandey: "A good and handy utility TSQL that I can use and levarage if I have to use similar feature in future."

    Silver Award Winner

     

    Hasham Niaz T-SQL : Average Interval Length Richard Mueller: "A good article, but I need more explanation of the concepts."
    Manoj Pandey: "A handy TSQL script that I can use and levarage if I have to use similar feature in future."

    Bronze Award Winner

     

    Visakh16 T-SQL: Retrieve Connectionstring Details from SSIS Package Manoj Pandey: "Good shortcut by using TSQL with XML to read metadata information from SSIS XML file."
    Samuel Lester: "Handy trick, thanks for posting!"
    Richard Mueller: "Good code, but more explanation needed. Could use a See Also section."


     

    Guru Award  Visual Basic Technical Guru - June 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

     

    The Thinker Better to Ask for forgiveness then permission Richard Mueller: "Good use of images and code. The humorous title might be better in a blog."
    MR: "Great topic!"
    GO: "Well, to be honnest, many people worked on that article, but still, the owner "the thinker" should receive the credits! muchos gracias "The Thinker" for the Most Revised Article"


     

    Guru Award  Visual C# Technical Guru - June 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

     

    Jaliya Udagedara Entity Framework Code First - Defining Foreign Keys using Data Annotations and Fluent API Ed Price: "Wow. Good descriptions, great code snippets, and great job highlighting sections on your images!"
    GO: "Thank you."

     

    Guru Award  Wiki and Portals Technical Guru - June 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

     

    XAML guy History and Technology Behind the TechNet Wiki Ninja Belt Calculator Ed Price: "It's amazing to see all the details of what this tool does. Great job on the descriptions and formatting the images and text!"
    Richard Mueller: "Great documentation. Good links to explain everything."
    GO: "I love your articles XAML guy! Always clear and always a pleasure to read! Thanks for you help and commitment for this tool."

    Silver Award Winner

     

    Durval Ramos HTML5 Portal Ed Price: "This is great to see this HTML5 resource!"
    Richard Mueller: "A great contribution to our collection of portals"
    GO: "The HTML5 Portal is A-W-E-S-O-M-E !"

    Bronze Award Winner

     

    João Sousa ASP.NET Portal Ed Price: "Good job on this portal! The Return to top links are helpful!"
    Richard Mueller: "More should be done to distinguish this portal from here."
    GO: "Thanks Joao!"


     

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

    Gold Award Winner

     

    Dave Smits Theming of your application Peter Laker: "Another great article from the mighty Dave. Very useful. Not sure if MS like us want us to work around the accents so much though ;)"
    Ed Price: "Very useful topic and great formatting on the code! Could benefit from more explanation on the code toward the bottom and a See Also section. Great article!"

    Silver Award Winner

     

    saramgsilva Creating Windows Phone and Window 8.1 applications using Microsoft App Studio Peter Laker: "A great introduction! Nice walkthrough, and plenty to look at!"  
    Ed Price: "This is good. I love the narrative and use of images! Good conclusion!"

    Bronze Award Winner

     

    Carmelo La Monica Create Universal Application with Windows Phone App Studio (en-US). Peter Laker: "Sensational article. A real attention grabber and written very clearly."  
    Ed Price: "Fantastic job on the narrative and images. Some amazing articles this month!"

     

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

    Gold Award Winner

     

    Magnus (MM8) WPF: How To Tab Between Items In a ListBox

    KJ: "This article seemed very useful to me. The kind of thing that I might need and here's the answer."
    GO: "Thanks for that great article!."
    Ed Price: "Another amazing article from Magnus! Great job on the topic choice (very needed scenario), formatting, code, explanations, and See Also section. Fantastic article!"

    Silver Award Winner

     

    Sugumar Pannerselvam Lets forget about limitations and temprorary fix... Think about 4.5 features KJ: "Wish there were code samples and more flushed out scenarios"
    GO: "Why second place? the layout and way to explain didn't convince me. Doesn't mean that the article is bad. The article is awesome; but it's missing something."
    Ed Price: "Short and sweet. Could benefit from adding in some code snippet examples and images. Good topic choice."


     

    Guru Award  Windows Server Technical Guru - June 2014  

    Gold Award Winner

     

    Mr X DHCP on Windows Servers – Why are the expired IP addresses not getting re-assigned? JM: "This is an excellent article, thanks for your contribution."
    Richard Mueller: "Important information with good explanation. Needs a See Also section."
    Philippe Levesque: "Good article ! I like how it's explained versus Windows Server. An image with the DHCP's process could be a good addition for reference. (DHCP OFFER, DHCP ACK, etc..)"

    Silver Award Winner

     

    Mr X How to force a DHCP database cleanup for expired leases in a specific scope GO: "I'm actually thinking that nobody can defaut you Mr.X"
    Philippe Levesque: "Good article ! I would add that changing the lease time to be shorted could help too."
    JM: "A very good article, however you might consider adding this content as a section in your article about expired IP addresses in DHCP"
    Richard Mueller: "More good information. Should be linked to the other DHCP article."
    GL: "This is OK but a better solution for a highly utilized DHCP scope would be to shorten the lease time and/or configure a superscope."

    Bronze Award Winner

     

    Hicham KADIRI Windows Server Core 2012 R2 - Initial configuration GL: "This is good required information. I would really like to see information added about how to add a server role. You might consider providing PowerShell alternatives to the netsh and other commands."  
    JM: "This is a great to-the-point article on how to configure a Core install of Windows Server, nice work."
    Richard Mueller: "A great collection of useful tools. Some could use images, more detail, or examples. The example sections could be added to the Table of Contents."
    GO: "Well, our new french MVP! Well written Hicham! Do not forget to pray attention for the layout! It's capital for readers and judges!"
    Philippe Levesque: "I like the article, a good resumé of the command you need to do to configure a server."

     

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