How to Fix 'Roaming Profiles Don't Delete Files' Issue

We have identified a fault where files aren't being erased from roaming profiles' server copies, causing them to resurface after users have deleted them. This bug affects environments running Windows Server 2003/XP+Active Directory. How to fix this problem?

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Dany· Answered on Jan 05, 2023

It will not happen every day that the files you deleted come up again while using Windows Server. The problem's root is Remote App. When users open a remote app on our RDS Server, they sign in, and their profile is copied. However, when the remote App is closed, the session just disconnects. After that, the profile would sync, and the user would log off of their local computer. Soon later, the RDS server session would terminate, coping over the profile and effectively returning everything to its previous state. That is the cause of the "roaming profiles don't delete files" issue. You can try to fix this problem by following the method below:

This problem can be resolved by turning on a local GPO on the RDS server, which stops roaming profile updates from propagating back to the user's profile once the user logs off of their session. How to turn it on? You should go to "Computer Configuration" and choose "Policies". Then you can click "Administrative Templates" and select" System". Finally, you can see "User Profiles". You may find the setting titled "Prevent Roaming Profile changes from propagating to the server".

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