As already explained , i needed a kind of blog to write some of my linux experiences down .. that's all folks ...


  • Name: Fabian Arrotin (Arrfab)
  • Date of birth: 27 may 1976
  • Marital Status : Married , 3 children

Work Experience

working as a SysAdmin for the CentOS Project infrastructure

  • M-team (14/05/2012 -> 15/11/2014)
Designing the infrastructure around the following products/technologies
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
  • CentOS Linux
  • IBM Hardware (servers and storage)

Evaluating migration paths for the installed base and minimizing downtime by using automation tools (kickstarts/config management/centralized authentication)

  • Sicli (01/04/2010 -> 11/05/2012)

    • Systems Administrator (IBM servers and IBM SAN Storage solutions)
    • Operating Systems maintenance (CentOS Linux and Microsoft Windows 2003)
    • Network administration : HP Procurve l2/l3 - Vlans
    • Virtualization : Citrix XenServer , kvm
  • IBS Technology & Services(15/10/1998 -> 31/03/2010)
    IBS T&S is the Premier IBM Business Partner in Belgium for the iSeries (formerly known as AS400) Platforms.
    I worked in the Networking team on Intel platforms : Designing and implementing solutions that meet the customer's needs. Previously i was implementing mostly Microsoft and Citrix solutions but now i try (and hopefully wins) to convince customers that Linux can bring them what they are waiting for ... : Samba/Ldap as a file and authentication server, Sendmail/IMAP for Mail serving, Squid for secure web browsing, Spamassassin (with plugins) for Anti-Spam, Mailscanner for Anti-Virus mail scanning, Iptables for IP Packets filtering, OpenVPN and Poptop for Secure VPN Access ,DRBD/Heartbeat for HA Linux Clusters, etc ....
    I'm also setting up Hardware solutions like IBM BladeCenters/Servers, Storage solutions (Fiber or iScsi), L2/L3 Switches configuration (HP,Cisco), etc ...

  • Systemat (01/07/1997 -> 14/10/1998)
    I Worked as a Technical consultant in the TIC (Technical Integration Center) : Assembly and Installation of Compaq/IBM/HP Servers and Workstations. Setup of Operating Systems.


  • Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) Red Hat website (03/2016)
  • Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) Red Hat website (03/2016)
  • IPv6 Certification (Level : Sage) : (01/2010)
  • Red Hat Linux Certified Engineer (RHCE) (01/2007)
  • IBM Official Instructor (08/2006)
  • Linux Professional Institute Level 1 (LPIC 1) Certified - (12/2003)
  • Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA) (03/2002)
  • Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE) Windows 2000 - (09/2001)
  • Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE) NT 4.0 - (11/1999)
  • Graduate in Accountancy - IESET Tamines (Belgium) - (06/1997)
  • College - Athenee Royal Solvay Charleroi - Latin-Maths-Sciences - (06/1994)


  • Spending time with my wife and my 3 kids ...
  • Spending time on my computer(s) running Linux when my wife and my kids are sleeping .... :o)
  • Contributor to the CentOS project [Active]
  • Past contributor to the RPMforge project (PPC builds)
  • Playing Guitar/Bass/Drums with friends