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users desktops and folder redirection question on ws2012 r2 & w7pro domain

I suddenly find myself as the admin for a small WS2012R2 domain of 10 win 7 pro workstations and 15 users with roaming and folder redirection.   I am self taught on this and my knowledge of ws2012 is very limited.

The workstations have different programs installed, and I am wanting to restrict some users to only have certain programs on their individual desktops, regardless of which machine they are logged in at.

I have full access to the users accounts both locally on the workstations and on the server, so I can change the desktop folder contents.

Currently, any given user at the moment has duplicated icons for some programs and inactive ones for missing programs on a particular workstation.

In real terms the users will only be moving between 4 workstations for the bulk of their work, which will have the same core set of installed programs on each. The admins however should be able to access a further set of core programs plus some individual workstation specific ones.

Could someone explain what is possible in this scenario, bearing in mind I am extremely uncomfortable with doing this, and need the info in simple terms!


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David Johnson, CD
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this is a scenario in which you want to use application virtualization (app-V)
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David  we have hyper-v on the server but that is a can I'd rather not open at my stage of expertise.
Robin thanks for the info, I will have to go and read up on your comments, sadly although I would like to take you up on your offer of hire the voluntary charity I am involved with has an annual budget of around £2k with running costs virtually the same, so there is no spare cash!

I've marked your answer as a solution but I may have to come back with a more focussed enquiry when I know what I want!