Got the beta, but not got round to installing it yet. One of the VMware guys said on their forum you should choose "Windows Server 2008" as the install option when you install it, as more of the VMware tools and hardware will be detected properly.
The other option is to install some software on your mac to allow it to write to the NTFS-formatted hard drive.
There's one you can pay for called Paragon NTFS for OS X, which does a good job and is easy, just install it, and then you can write to NTFS.
The other option is free, but not as...
You don't need the applescript, just mount the network drive and drag it into your login items. Now it'll automount at logon.
As for synchronisation, if you mean syncing 2 iTunes libraries then check out syncOtunes.
Was the XP partition formatted as FAT32 or NTFS? If it was NTFS then that would explain why it can't restore the image as OS X can't write to NTFS.
Also is the new partition the same size (or bigger) than the old one? If it's smaller then it won't let you restore the dmg.
Can't actually find the thread I was talking about, it seems to have mysteriously disappeared from apple's forums, but whilst I was looking I found this thread giving info on getting Leopard to play nice with Windows shares. Might be worth a look.
Be ready for them to disappear and reappear randomly. I've had this problem since installing Leopard, and it's very odd. There's a huge thread on the apple support forums about it, but no definitive answer.
You shouldn't lose data on BOTH partitions. If you delete the partition you don't need and run disk utility (you may need to run it from the OSX install disc) you should be able to resize the remaining partition without losing any data on your main partition.
It's the same as when you decide...
At the top of the columns click on 'album' and it will change to 'album by artist'. This, together with making sure the 'group compilations' option is ticked, should eliminate all those extra album listings in coverflow.