customizing a desktop on a domain

At work we are starting a domain.  How can I customize different people's desktops? There are some programs on some computers we do not want some people getting to, but some we want to have a shortcut on their desktop.
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You can controll access to applications via Security Groups.  You can deploy applications via Active Directory Group Policies.  You can add/remove shortcuts from the desktop via logon scripts.

There are many resources at that will help you with each of these approaches.


You may use Group policy to deploy (or in Windows' term assign) software to appropriate USERS/Groups.
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