managed through an appropriate server, thus it didn't matter what system you were at within the organisation you could log on and do your work. To have every possible user within a section having a logon ID on each computer in the section would require up to 20 to 30 accounts on 20 to 30 systems, not a smart way to do business. And it's all behind the secured gateway, heck most didn't have Internet access as it wasn't needed to do day to day work.
I've worked on facilities where we had over a thousand people working on over a thousand systems in about thirty buildings on the land we used. By having us all log in via the server we could use any computer in any of the buildings.
Most places where I've worked the term 'roaming profile' had been reserved for logging in via a VPN from out in the Internet somewhere. Such access was extremely limited as very few needed access to the corporate network from outside the corporate facilities. This did make running the gateways a lot easier.
At home on my system where I and my son are the only ones to use it it's easy for us each to have our own account.
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