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Okay, I've fought with this long enough - time to see if anyone else has any ideas

I'm creating some software images for a laptop, and a few desktops. I'm partitioning the drive into a rough 80/20 split, with the first partition housing Windows and programs, and the second partition housing the profiles folders (Entire profiles, not just my docs - this was mapped using an unattended install winnt.sif file during the windows install process).

That works like a charm - but now network drives aren't mapping properly. On login to our domain, the U: drive should map to \\\\server\\usersa_k\\username (for people with last names starting a-k) or \\\\server\\userl_z\\username (for people with last names l-z).

However, it's only mapping to \\\\server\\usersa_k or \\\\server\\usersl_z. The username portion is dropping off... and it's not unique to any specific user, nor is it unique to a particular computer. Anytime I install Windows with the split partitions, this happens...

I'm at a loss here. Anyone have any thoughts? I can't think of any reason why the partitioning should change the mapping...
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You didn't say what utility you are using to make and apply the drive images. I had some serious problems similar to yours when using Norton Ghost. A friend of mine used another utility (which, sadly enough, I cannot remember the name of for the life of me), and it solved all my drive mapping issues.

Wish I could help more...
    
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Also, are you using the variable '%computer name%', or are you renaming each computer after applying the image to the drive? The original computer name from the computer used to create the image will be applied.... you'll end up with umpteen computers all with the same name trying to access the network....
    
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Well, for simplification, take the imaging out of the picture for now - I hadn't even gotten that far yet, since the drive mapping problem is one I'd like to correct before creating the image

If I do a completely fresh and 'stock' XP Pro install, the mapping works fine. It's my understanding that the NT server has this in the login script for domain users:

net use u: \\\\SERVER\\USERA_K\\%USERNAME%

which works fine.

However, if I split up the installer, and just map the docs and settings folder to the D drive (using an unattended install, with a profilesdir= line in my winnt.sif file, but absolutely no other changes from a 'stock' install), the mapping no longer works right. Again, after a fresh install using this switch, when I authenticate to the domain, It just maps to \\\\SERVER\\USERA_K\\ and doesn't append the %username% right for some reason.

I have ABSOLUTELY no idea why having the docs and settings folder on a different partition would cause this... but I've tried it in 3 different machines, and all have the same result.
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Well I figured it out - so in case anyone is interested, here's what I had to do

1 - Installed XP with the default docs and settings on the D drive.
2 - Booted to a Linux CD, and copied the docs and settings from D to C
3 - Booted back into windows, ran regedit, and pointed the local services and network services profiles to the profiles I copied onto the C drive
4 - Reboot.

Now, user accounts are still mapping to D, but the services accounts are running off C. Lo and behold, it works!
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Congrats! I tried to get ahold of our company IT guy here before he ran out @ 5pm on Friday, but that wasn't happening. Glad you were able to get it straightened out.
    
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