desktop reset every time I logon

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There is a user I used to logon in to many servers by it. I used to have some files on the desktop on some servers. Suddenly whenever I logon by this user I cannot find any files on those desktops and settings like calendar settings reset to default every time I change it and make a restart.
So why this is happening and where did it go my desktop files?
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Lionel MMSmall Business IT Consultant

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Sounds like a corrupt profile. I assume you are using a roaming profile? I suggest you create a new profile or have you already tried that?

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I am not using a roaming profile
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You have to use folder redirections for Desktop, my documents/documents, start menu and application settings to be preserved when moving from system to system or while using the same login, the display on each system will be unique based on the match of system-username.
lionellm was on the right path, i.e. either users use roaming profiles where the same information is copied from the server to each workstation, or an enhancement using folder redirection to prevent/avoid massive amount of data that has to be copied back and forth on login/logout events.
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Lionel MMSmall Business IT Consultant

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If you are not using roaming profiles then going from one server to another you will have different setups, different desktop files, unless you have redirected folders for this user to a central server location -- please provide details as to where you are storing the files on the desktop that you say are disappearing/changing?
Sean Plemons Kelly, CISSPInformation Systems Security Engineer

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Is there a chance that you have some sort of Group Policy settings that are causing issues?

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Sean Plemons ..it was working fine ,logging to all servers with the same user without any problem and I didn't modify anything with group policy .



lionelmm I used to login to servers and each one of them has small files saved on the desktop
.I didn't face this problem before.and I didn't deploy folder redirection for any user
Lionel MMSmall Business IT Consultant

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what are these small files--please provide a screenshot if possible or describe--thanks

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It is files I create on the desktop .like text files .print screens( things like that ) all created by me.
 but when you create text files for commands and scripts and suddenly you cannot found them .it is strange and a big waste.when the first time it happened I thought it might be with this server only but after that it happened with many servers.and I lost all my text files I used to save important information.
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check whether a GPO limits what can be placed on the desktop.

There is no way to answer without access and without running gpresult, etc.
Lionel MMSmall Business IT Consultant

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You may have a corrupt profile, have you tried creating a new one yet; have you turned off roaming profiles?
Distinguished Expert 2017

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along the lionelmm line.
when you login, look at c:\users
do you have multiple folders with yourusername.xxx or yourusername@youraddomain.xxx?
or a TEMP folder created when you logged in?

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yes ,when I checked c:\users I founded two folders .one with the username and the other one with username@domainname
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That is not that unusual--when you first setup the system did you create a user with the same name as the one you use in the domain? In other words is there a local and a domain user with the same username? If so then having one and another with the domain name is "normal". Is this happening to you (losing files on the desktop) on just one system or on all the systems you logon to. If all system then it is a corrupted profile.
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Windows will not allow two sessions to use the same profile. One option is covered by Lionel's comment.
The profile creation attempts to first create c:\users\username if that already exists (local account) or is reflected as in use, the system will create a c:\users\username@addomain
If the logoff did not seem to complete, usually with roaming profiles, the new folder for the user will start being incremented in the format with .001
C:\users\username@addomain.001

Use icacls c:\users\*
See whether different ..... Users have ownership.

Hklm\software\microsoft\windows nt\currentversion\Profilelist

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The existence of two is not a cause for your issue, it might be a symptom.  ...

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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

I didn't found the solution for my problem to avoid it in the future and couldn't recover my scripts text files that was created on desktop
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The question deals with understanding/determining why your profile seem to get reset (get new profile whenever you logged in) and thast question was answered which is you were using the same login credentials to login for two sessions on the one each server.

The files you created might be within the username based profile folders(c:\users). If your sessions used TEMP folder, there is no recovery of those files.

Lionelmm and other questions led to framing a question to identify that you are simulteneous sessions on the same server.
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Object to deletion request.
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Close question
With points split for http:#a41389705 http:#a41391019 http:#a41416862
This addresses the question posed dealing with explaining why the issue exist......I.e. Why the user seems to lose his recently created files..........

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