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Tariq Azad: Founder, CEO, and Author

Tariq Azad, the founder and CEO of NetSoft College of Technology, is regarded as one of the IT industry’s leading professionals by industry peers, colleagues, and students.


Tariq has excelled professionally through his commitment to staying abreast of the constant changes within the IT field. He currently holds more than 100 certifications, including MCSA, MCSE, MCTS, MCITP (Vista, Mobile 5.0, Microsoft Communication Server, Windows 2008, Windows 2012, and Microsoft Exchange Server), MCT, CIW-CI, CCA, CCSP, CCEA, CCI, VCP, CCNA, CCDA, CCNP, CCDP, and CSE. Tariq holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Capella University in the United States and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Karachi in Pakistan.

Technical Background

Tariq’s career in the IT field has spanned more than two decades. Throughout his career, Tariq has garnered experience in many areas of IT, including management, technology, design, and assessment. Ten of Tariq’s 20+ years in the IT industry were spent as a consultant specializing in Active Directory and virtualization solutions in various industries, including government, telecommunications, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, retail, health care, technology, and finance.

Tariq is also a well-known subject matter expert in Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, and VMware vSphere. He provides comprehensive solutions focused on Microsoft, Citrix, and VMware technologies for clients ranging from 50 to 100,000 users, concentrating mainly on the architecture and deployment of access infrastructure solutions for enterprise clients. Additionally, Tariq serves as the company’s Strategic Business Unit Leader, a position in which he holds both technical and managerial responsibilities.

CEO and Instructor

At NetSoft College of Technology, Tariq offers day-to-day guidance to his staff and students. He has led courses focusing on Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, Red Hat, VMware vSphere, and Hire Me (Career and Employment Strategies).


Tariq has co-authored multiple books, including the best-selling Hire Me Mastery; MCITP: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Messaging Design and Deployment Study Guide: Exams 70–237 and 70–238; The Real MCTS/MCITP Exam 640 Preparation Kit; The Real MCTS/MCITP Exam 647 Preparation Kit; The Real MCTS/MCITP Exam 647 Preparation Kit; and Securing Citrix XenApp Server in the Enterprise.

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