Taking it away? Oh no you don't!

This pilot fish's organization has used Windows roaming profiles since the days of Windows 2000. "Over the years, the amount of stuff that roams has been cut back to the point that it's basically useless," says fish.

"The only thing that still roams is the user part of the Windows Registry, so IT management decided to discontinue the roaming profiles."

In short order, fish's boss gets a call from a VIP's staffer, asking that the VIP's roaming profile be reinstated.

Fish's boss asks for some justification as to why VIP needs that service reinstated -- knowing that it's going to be pretty hard to find a compelling reason that the VIP needs the limited number of settings that are replicated.

Staffer responds that the VIP wants to be part of a new test project for mobile workers and wants his settings on the mobile platform.

"Interesting," fish says. "The mobile platform is an iPad. I'm waiting to see how that Apple iPad digests a Windows Registry file."

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