Is it possible to allow users to keep their desktop icons settings with linked clones? The base image has a set that overwrites whatever the users have added or whatever they delete when we re-compose.
Yes, set up desktop redirection in your Windows GPO. You can even do that with My Documents, Downloads, My Images etc.
You cant do that with a linked clone floating pool though.
You need to look into user environment management software, such as Liquidware Labs ProfileUnity or VMware's UEM. Not only can you redirect Desktop/My Documents/etc on any kind of clone, ProU can capture end user settings and preferences at logoff and restore them at login.