Privacy on a Windows XP domain

By davidjoin2003 ·
I'm starting contracting work for a small company and
using my
existing PC with XP to to join their domain to access
shared folders
and Exchange. Can you please advise how I can:

1. Keep my personal files in My Documents private so
they can't be
viewed/accessed by domain admin. I don't want to use
multiple sign-
ins (domain & local account) or use password protection
on every
personal file. I'm happy to move my files from the existing
account MyDocs to the new domain account MyDocs.

2. Add a new Exchange email account to Outlook 2007
while keeping
my existing POP account and maintain privacy of my
Outlook calendar.
I only want to use 1 calendar (personal) but be able to
receive invites
from others on Exchange on the business domain. I don't
mind others
seeing free/busy time but don't want administrators to
view my
calendar details.

Additional thoughts:
3. Do I have to be part of the domain to access shared
drives or can I just map network drives?

4. Do I need to be part of the domain to use Exchange,
and can I put calendar in personal folder for privacy (see
point 2 above)?


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by cmiller5400 In reply to Privacy on a Windows XP d ...

1. If you join a domain, the domain admin has FULL access to your PC. You can't remove it, you can make it "difficult" for them to access the files, but they can change security on them. Consider using EFS. Just remember to read up thoroughly about the pro's and con's.

2. I'm not an Exchange guru.

3. No, you should be able to map a drive but the password prompts may drive you crazy.

4. Yes, unless you use webmail.

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