NAF-100: Start Here


Welcome to the Nerdio Azure Fundamentals (NAF-100) course!

Microsoft Azure is a powerful cloud-computing platform with a lot of nuances and varying levels of complexity. If you’re new to the cloud-computing space, it can seem a bit overwhelming at first. That’s why we created this course – to provide an easy-to-digest guide to help you get the right start to your journey with Azure.

Who should take this certification?

If you’re an MSP working in Microsoft Azure, this course is for you! The first step in building an MSP cloud practice is familiarizing yourself with the fundamental concepts around Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, and Microsoft Intune.


The NAF-100 is an entry-level certification, but you’ll get the most out of this course if you’re familiar with the basic concepts around configuring and administering traditional (on-premises) IT environments.

Core Technologies & Concepts Covered

  • Identity and Access Management

  • Microsoft Azure

  • Microsoft 365

  • Microsoft Intune

  • Windows 365

  • Azure Virtual Desktop

Upon passing this certification, you will be able to:

  • Recall Service Types in Microsoft Azure.

  • Explain Identity and Identity Access Management in Azure and Microsoft 365.

  • Recall and define the Azure hierarchy.

  • Calculate throughput thresholds to plan your own Azure environment.

  • Recall and select the core MSP resources in Azure.

  • Optimize the services and resources you select to meet the needs of your customers.

Download before you go:

We’ve included several resources to help you explore your own Azure environments and get comfortable with core terms and features. Be sure to save these before you get started!

Azure Core Features Quick Reference Guide

Azure Definitions and Terminology Quick Reference Guide

Resource Reference Guide Quick Reference Guide

Azure Cheat Sheet

NAF-100 Syllabus

Each section includes a knowledge check you can use to check your understanding before the final exam. You’re welcome to take the knowledge checks as many times as you’d like. It should take about 2 hours to complete the materials and the final exam. We’ll cover the following concepts in this course:

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Part 1 – Azure Categories

1.1 Service Types (Categories) Overview

1.2 Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

1.3 Platform-as-a-Service (SaaS)

1.4 Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

Part 2 – Identities & Domain Services

2.1 Identity Overview

2.2 Managing Access with Role-Based Access Controls

2.3 Identity Management & Domain Services

Part 3 – Azure Subscriptions

3.1 Subscriptions Overview

3.2 Subscription Types

3.3 Considerations & Best Practices for Subscriptions

3.4 Administering Subscriptions

Part 4 – Resource Groups

4.1 Resource Groups Overview

4.2 Foundational Resources in Azure

4.3 Adding and Managing Resources

Part 5 – The Azure Hierarchy

5.1 Understanding the Azure Hierarchy

Part 6 – Selecting Foundational Resources

6.1 Interpreting and Selecting Compute Series

6.2 Selecting Storage Options

6.3 Optimizing with Throughput and IOPS

6.4 Networking in Azure

Part 7 – Microsoft 365 & Azure

7.1 Microsoft 365 Overview

Part 8 – Core Azure Services

8.1 Windows 365

8.2 Azure Virtual Desktop

8.3 Microsoft Intune

NAF-100 Final Exam

  • You’ll have 60 minutes to complete the exam.

  • You’ll be presented a total of 40 questions spanning each of the topics we’ve covered.

  • You’ll need to obtain a score of 80% or more to pass the exam.

  • If you don’t pass the first time, don’t worry! You have two attempts to nail it.

  • If you don’t pass the second attempt, please email to request an additional attempt.

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