Files reappear after reboot when deleted from network folder.

Got this complaint from a user. "When some students delete files from their home directories, the files often return (after reboot)." The user is referring to a network folder where the user has full security rights. I'm baffled as to why the files reappear after being deleted.
a_fishy_fellaAsked:
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rehanahmedsCommented:
have you given them rights to delete those files.... like in our network users cannot save and delete mp3, .swf etc files....

try deleting them from your account and see if they are still there....

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a_fishy_fellaAuthor Commented:
Will try.
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MarkMichaelCommented:
Is there user using Synronizing? If his connection is being stated as 'offline', they will re-appear after it seems he has deleted them...
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ChiefITCommented:
Funny thing:

I have seen it before where they are deleting files off a roaming profile that is a copy of the client computers profile, not a true roaming profile. So, what happens is you delete the edits off the copy. Then, when the client logs off, the client's profile is copied from the client machine and overwrites the remote copy that they just deleted some files on. In other words, they are deleting files off the backup profile, not the original profile.

A true roaming profile is when the original is on a remote location, like a networked drive.
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a_fishy_fellaAuthor Commented:
ChiefIT,

Currently they are saving on a networked drive. How would I check to see if this problem stems from what you have described? Are there some settings I need to check?
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ChiefITCommented:
First, you need to see how you set up the """Roaming Profiles"'"".

Some have true roaming profiles. These are profiles, like you are seen at a remote site, that are saved on a networked drive.

Some have what they think are roaming profiles. But, in fact, they have a copy of the local profile. The copy of the original is saved on a network drive. {NOTE- This is where I am going with this idea. If you are editing the copy that is found on the networked drive, then the original profile rewrites over your edits. See what I am saying ; >) }

Some administrators, just have local profiles. Those local profiles are where the copies come from. They are located in C:\Documents and Settings\ "USERNAME.Domain Name"
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Figuring out how you have it set up:
To see if you have a true roaming profile, go to the user's account in Active Directory Users and Computers and look to see how the profile is set up. If you configured it to take the profile from C:\Documents and Settings of the client's computer and copy it to a remote location, then you have a copy of the original. So, you will not be able to delete documents off the profile without them being rewritten upon a restart of the client.

Every time you shut down a client computer, it will say, saving documents and settings. That is saving your profile to the remote location.

I hope I didn't confuse you.

I am pretty certain you have a copy of the profile, not a true roaming profile.



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a_fishy_fellaAuthor Commented:
ChiefIT,

Thanks for the clarification. You didn't confuse me. I'll check those Items out. Thank you for the feedback.
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ChiefITCommented:
Any progress?
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a_fishy_fellaAuthor Commented:
Sorry about the lapse. I've gotten side tracked. I will have to revisit this situation in the next few days. Thank you for your patience.
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a_fishy_fellaAuthor Commented:
Chief,

Ok maybe I might be a little confused. I looked in the users profile settings in AD. The profile path is \\dc3\BJHS_Home\Baxter.Joel for example. I've attached a screen shot of the setting.


profile.jpg
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ChiefITCommented:
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a_fishy_fellaAuthor Commented:
We will call it good for now. I will not get to put this solution to the test until the fall. Thanks for sticking with me. I'm certain this will fix a number of ailments.
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