Deleting from the Desktop w/ Roaming Profile

Posted on 2005-04-14
Last Modified: 2010-08-05
We have Win 2K Server and Win 2K desktops, and use roaming profiles.  I often get complaints that co-workers try to delete unwanted items from the desktop, but upon their next logon the items re-appear.  Seems like it should be pretty easy to solve this one, but not sure where to go.
Question by:ricplaisance
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    There are two causes for this. One, the user was still logged in when the files were deleted from the server-based version of the profile on s-lsa-prof. Hence, when the user later logged off the forgotten machine (or they were logged off by someone else), the locally cached version of the profile replaced (wrote over the) the server-based version of the profile. The remedy is to make sure the user is logged off all computers Two, the user works on different machines, and one of the locally cached versions of the profiles wrote back deleted files, etc. to the server-based version of the profile when they logged into this computer.

    Explanation: The locally cached profile remains in tact on all machines the user has ever logged into. The server-based version of the profile will generally replace the local cached version of the profile if the file names are the same. If a file, folder, or shortcut exists on the locallly cached version of the profile, but not on the server-based version, then the local and server-based profiles will be merged. Once deleted items will reappear as mysterious phantoms. The remedy is to remove all locally cached versions of the user’s profile from all machines. This can be done manually or automated with the "delprof" command.

    Delprof can be downloaded from :

    Good Luck,

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