These guys are all centrally managed and policy is not being pushed until they are deployed. . We thought that this might be the issue as well. And, we actually have not re-loaded one once they are deployed - I simply verify - and they all have been successful so I did not re-visit it.
It was in my pre-configuring, without policy, that was driving me crazy. I would configure, set the routing, test connectivity from the Lan to the WAN and then power it down - pull them out to verify just prior to deployment and it would not have survived the re-load.
Thank you for confirming the suspicion - I will re-load a deployed one and verify the persistence.
Thanks for moving the thread - i am a Checkmates noob and completely overlooked it!