Behavior of shortcuts on the desktop

Hello Experts,
We have noticed that icons on the desktop suddenly change their target, these are the cases:

1. When the target of the shortcut is an App in another computer like the server or any other workstation, if the server is off or the lan is not working the Shortcut changes automatically to target the desktop... Later when the server is on or the LAN is connected the Shortcut is not useful anymore.

2. When the folder the shortcut is targeting changes name sometimes the shortcut also changes its tager to continue targeting the same folder with new name.... this is not what we intend.

So please why shortcuts behave like these and how can we make them stay the way were created regalrless the circumstances?

RGuillermoProject ManagerAsked:
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QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
Go into Services, and stop and disable the "Distributed Link Tracking" service. It tries to find a new location for shortcuts having no valid target info anymore, and the result is wrong/random most of the time.
Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
You can also disable this behavior through group policies by enabling the following setting:

User Configuration/Policies/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/File Explorer/Do not track shell shortcuts during roaming
RGuillermoProject ManagerAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much !!
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