Golden Image

A Golden Image is a template virtual disk drive from which all virtual desktops are copied from. Generally, every time a new virtual machine starts up, it makes a new copy from the golden image. Therefore, the golden image must contain the baseline drivers and applications necessary for the virtual machines that start from it.

Golden image management is the process to create and maintain the golden image or images. Different groups of users may start from different images, and any updates to the system must be made to the golden image. Steps also must be taken for the golden image to be generic enough for any user to log into the machine and use the applications.