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I have laptops using roaming profiles and  users  (using the local profile as warned on login) can delete some icons from the desktop whilst off net. They find the icons have return the next time they connect to the network.
The date & time on the laptop are correct & the NTuser.dat file on the laptop is newer than the one on the server at the time of re-connection.
Any new files created whilst off site are copied to the server profile so it appears that rather than using the laptop as the latest & updating the server, it is merging the two.
This has been seen on two different laptops on two completely seperate unrelated sites
.... Or is this just the way it it ??
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If they're using roaming profiles, any changes would get replicated when they log off.  If they log off while disconnected from access to the roaming profile share, then obviously the changes can't be replicated back up to the central storage.

The next time they log on while connected to the network with access to the roaming profile share, it will download the roaming profile (and the icons they deleted while disconnected) to the local profile.  In order to delete the icons permanently, they need to delete them while connected to the network AND log off so the changes get copied up, or, while logged off, YOU can delete them from the roaming profile saved on the server.
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Thanks for That
It is really a merge function then as the profile ends up with the best of both!.
When I read the Microsoft info on Technet (Q146192) it says latest ntuser.dat wins! - Thats why I questioned it!
"When a user with a roaming profile logs on to a computer running Windows, the system checks whether the cached locally profile is more recent than the roaming profile. In that case, the system doesn't need to reload the profile from the central server. This check is based only on the "last write time" of the user's registry hive Ntuser.dat"
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