Is there a way to restrict/allow an application to execute based on group membership?

I need to find a way to restrict the execution of various applications based on a users group membership.
I already know how to determine a users group membership but I don't know if there is a way to restrict/allow an application to run based on group membership.

We are running Active Directory with windows XP desktops.

And advice would be greatly appreciated.
koneill99Asked:
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SysExpertCommented:
Normally this is handled with policies for GPO

If you align your groups with the organization, then it should be possible.

I hope this helps !
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zoofanCommented:
You can create on Group Policy for each Group and assign the apply permission to only that group.

Then in the policy set up allowed and disallowed applications

In the GPO under \\User Configuration\Administrative Templates\System

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michkoCommented:
"How to Use Software Restriction Policies in Windows Server 2003"
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;324036

This article provides a very detailed explanation and how-to's.
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multithreadingCommented:
Are you looking to do this for .Net applications only?
Do you want to do this in code, or would you prefer to right click on the exe files and control it via properties-> security -> "read & execute" for the EXEs in question?
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multithreadingCommented:
The question was answered multiple times from different perspectives. The points should be assigned to everyone equally.
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zoofanCommented:
agree
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michkoCommented:
No objection here.
michko
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zoofanCommented:
No objection
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