1313 Brook Ridge Ave
Allen, TX 75002
Justin M. Forbes
I am a results-driven professional with a strong technical background and expertise in providing business driven solutions demonstrated by numerous project accomplishments. Extensive experience working with business units and project managers to design and implement solutions which meet the needs of current business objectives and provide future scalability. Possess an in-depth understanding of emerging technologies and their business applications. Over ten years of success engineering and implementing solutions which provide innovative information technology and strong customer service, with lowest possible TCO.
Areas of Expertise:
- Linux kernel engineering and development.
- Linux Distribution engineering and development.
- Virtualization Engineering.
- Unix engineering and performance tuning.
- Server and storage technologies.
- Decision making and problem solving.
- Process reengineering.
- Customer service and training.
- Project management.
- Analyzing business needs and technology to
architect practical and complete solutions.
January 2009 - Present Red Hat Inc.
Fedora kernel maintainer, Qemu upstream stable maintainer,
kvm developer, package maintainer.
- Maintain stable and development kernel trees for Fedora.
- Work with upstream to improve the quality of the Linux kernel.
- Develop and maintain test suite and infrastructure for the Fedora kernel.
- Package and maintain qemu and supporting virtualization packages for
Plan and organize virtualization test days, write test plans, fix issues found.
Worked to get Fedora images into Amazon's EC2 environment as an active member of the Fedora
- Worked with upstream community and customers to
track down and fix bugs in the kernel and across the virtualization stack.
September 2004 - January 2009 rPath Inc.
Kernel maintainer, distribution release management,
security management, package maintainer.
- Maintained release kernels for rPath Linux and
Performed Release management for rPath Linux 1 and 2.
Worked to package and maintain upstream sources for rPath
Linux including managed security releases.
- Worked with upstream community and customers to
track down and fix bugs in the kernel and across the linux distribution.
- Worked with vendor-sec on coordinated releases of
security issues in the distribution.
- Worked with upstream community to package and maintain
Xen userspace and kernel.
- Port existing Specifix Linux base to the x86_64 architecture
and worked with packaging engineers to ensure that conary could function correctly
in a multilib environment.
March 2001 - September 2004 Blockbuster Inc.
Cross platform architectures for infrastructure.
Solaris, AIX and Linux system planning, documentation, and tuning.
Veritas Cluster Server, Foundation Suite, Oracle Edition, IBM HACMP,
and Sun Cluster. EMC Symmetrix and IBM ESS storage. Working with
systems from IBM X-Series to Sun E10K, and IBM SP.
- Architect technical solutions to meet business
requirements for several new projects.
Research and develop technical road map and strategy
for infrastructure to meet current and projected future business
needs. Organization of groups to discuss and road map up and coming
technologies ensuring that architectures were moving in a direction
to enable those which would be of benefit to the business.
Worked with business and Strategic Outsource partner to
develop process and procedures for formalizing the production
environment. This included tools and processes for development and
test environments, LDAP user security, disaster recovery, and
- Created and documented standards for Solaris, AIX,
and Linux installs. This included base operating systems, system
security, and system management utilities. Created Jumpstart, NIM,
and Kickstart installation servers to ease installation to company
standards. This also included road mapping the Unix environment to
take advantage of current assets and future direction in attempt to
keep down TCO and achieve better resource utilization.
- Worked with business, DBAs, and project manager to
engineer, document, and build a production CRM environment. This
included a CRM data mart on IBM P690 Regatta externally hosted, and a
migration of the in house 3TB Operational Data Store data warehouse
from an IBM S80 SP/HACMP environment to Sun E10000 with Veritas
- Engineer, document, and test Business Recovery
procedures for mission critical Unix systems.
- Research of new technologies and software
revisions. Testing, certification, packaging, and documentation of
new software revisions and releases for the production environment.
Train administrators on new technologies.
October 1998 - March 2001 GTE.net/Verizon Online
Solaris, Linux, and Irix. System planning,
installation, tuning, and maintenance. Veritas Cluster Server and
Foundation Suite. System architecture for DNS, RADIUS, Messaging, and
other projects. Perl, expect, and shell scripting (ksh and csh).
Working with systems from x86 Linux and Solaris to clustered Sun
Enterprise servers. Some Oracle installation and planning on Solaris
and Red Hat Linux.
- System architecture and tuning for migration of
large scale messaging system (1.1million + mailboxes) from SGI to
Sun architecture with EMC storage. Plan and implement Veritas
Cluster Server solution for High Availability services on this
mission critical system. System tuning for performance and stability
of mail application and Oracle 8.0.5.
- Architecture and implementation of Radius and DNS
system to meet the demands of a quickly growing ISP using load
balancing devices and multiple Linux and Solaris servers.
- Migration of critical network servers from Solaris
to Red Hat Linux to improve performance and decrease TCO.
- Plan and implement Linux security procedures
including service lock down, custom root kit, and configuration and
testing of a custom kernel for production Red Hat Linux based
- System tuning and load testing for several Unix
based systems including messaging, DNS, Radius, and TFTP services
using custom scripting and kernel builds.
- System evaluation, documentation, and lab testing
for various hardware and software platforms. Evaluation including
not only technical, but security, and business case aspects as well.
- Perl, expect, and shell scripting to simplify
everyday operations, reporting, and maintenance on Unix servers.
- Documentation and implementation of procedures for
Unix system installation, configuration, and everyday maintenance
for multiple platforms and services.
September 1997 - October 1998 IOstream
Network Consulting in Linux, Unix,
Windows, Back Office, and Open VMS. Computer assembly,
break/fix troubleshooting, PERL, JAVA, C programming, Unix and
Windows NT security audits, sales, financial/tax management. Network
consulting experience includes:
Experience setting up Firewalls
on Unix based systems.
Proficient in Linux, Solaris,
BSD, and SCO.
Implementation of Unix to VMS
gateway to implement WAN access to all VMS applications with
additional Unix infrastructure for email and firewall services.
Integration of Unix and Windows
systems to provide an optimized hybrid network that was both stable
and task oriented.
February 1997 - November 1997 NetBlocks
Java, PERL, and C programming
for web services on Unix and NT based servers, Windows NT 4.0 Network
Administration, Web site Administration, and Web design/layout. Linux
and NT work group server administration.
1994 - 1996 University of North Texas
2002 Red Hat Certified Engineer
Programming: C, C++, Python, Perl, shell scripting, x86 Assembler.
Linux: Red Hat Enterprise Linux since 2.1, Fedora, Red Hat Linux 4.x +, rPath Linux, Foresight, Suse Enterprise Linux,
Various flavors, architectures, and revisions since 1994 - packaging, installation,
configuration, maintenance, programming, customization to meet
specific needs, and performance tuning. In depth knowledge and
experience down to the kernel level.
2.5-9 on x86 and SPARC Architectures - installation, configuration,
maintenance, security, high availability, and advanced performance
Virtualization: VMware, Xen, and KVM.
IBM AIX: 4.3.3-5L - installation,
configuration, maintenance, security, high availability, and
performance tuning. HACMP and LPAR experience. Training includes
IBM's AIX for Solaris Administrators class.
SGI Irix: 6.5x
- installation, configuration, and day-to-day maintenance.
Open Server: installation, configuration, maintenance
Veritas Cluster Server, Foundation Suite, Quick I/O – architecture,
installation, configuration, maintenance. Formal training at Veritas
DNS: Bind 4.9 - 9.x - packaging, installation,
configuration, load balancing, maintenance (Test Platforms: Lucent
QIP, Nortel/Bay Networks Net-ID, Process Software IP Works)
Custom solution - installation, configuration, performance tuning,
load balancing, high availability, and maintenance
8.x - installation, configuration, tuning, and maintenance
Firewall: Firewall One, IP Chains - installation,
Backup: Storagetek CAM
backup, Veritas NetBackup, Legato Networker
8.04 - 9i Installation and planning on Linux, IBM, and Sun platforms.
SPARCstation 5 - Sunfire 15000 servers both
SBUS and PCI systems - plan, build, support, and troubleshooting.
Hardware and Software raid on various storage systems.
F30 - SP Complex and current P-Series servers - plan, build, support,
and troubleshooting. LVM and Veritas on various storage systems.
x86: Various configurations from embedded platforms to large servers - plan, build, support, and troubleshooting.
Indy - Origin 2000 - basic support and troubleshooting.
2948 Switches (basic configuration), Local Director
IBM, EMC, MTI, Clariion, Storagetek Tape Silos
balancers: Cisco Local Director, Web Server Director, Alteon ACE
available upon request