I am Robert Kloosterhuis, systems administrator working in the Netherlands

This blog is a place for me to post about my work, and about what I find exiting and interesting as an IT professional, and as geek.

Copy-paste from LinkedIn:

I like to think out of the box and ask the hard questions. I assume nothing and always try to build context and a sense of the big picture in everything I do. I enjoy extreme complexity and digging into, and making myself master of, complex IT systems. The devil is in the details. Because of the amount of importance I place on accuracy of information, context and detail, I will often be the go-to guy for understanding how something -actually- works. In my communications, I always provide context and prefer giving too much information, that too little.

I am a collaboration junkie. I love tools that make it easier to share information with people, and to connect to others. I am a great proponent of introducing social software into the enterprise, such as blogs, forums, wiki’s etc.


  1. Hello Robert,

    My name is Cat, I’m 28, and I am pursuing a career as a system administrator. I’m sure you are a busy dude but I love your blog and based on its awesomeness, I thought you’d be a good guy to ask a few questions about becoming a sys admin.

    I’ve always had tech functions incorporated into my job roles (including a few roles as full-on tech support) because I’ve always been pretty tech savvy and really enjoy learning about IT-related stuff. I’ve bounced around careers a lot since college and finally realized the one thing they have in common is IT, mostly as a jack-or-all-trades. For this reason, I think being a System Admin would suit me well.

    My biggest question is about how to “prepare” for this type of career. I have a Bachelors degree, but in business administration. I figure certifications are the best way to go but I’m wondering the path I should take. I’m working on A+ and Network+ now, but after than I don’t know if I should go the way of MCSE, MCSA, or one of the other combinations in the alphabet soup of tech certs. Any suggestions?

    Another thing is, a lot of jobs want you to have experience but you have to have experience to gain experience. If I were 20 it would be a piece of cake because I’d just take some internship. But at my age, I don’t know how the heck to get experience working with servers and Linux on the job besides going to graduate school, which is currently not an option. I’d use my company as a resource but I am literally the most tech savvy person here, and there isn’t even a server (and the boss is too cheap to invest in one)!

    Thanks a lot in advance for taking the time out to give me some advice. It is greatly appreciated. I will look forward to your replay.

    Warm Regards,

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