A golden image is a template for a virtual machine (VM), virtual desktop,
server or hard disk drive. A golden
image may also be referred to as a clone image, master image or base
To create a golden image, an administrator first sets up the computing environment exactly the
way it is needed and then saves the disk image as a pattern for making more copies. The use of
golden images can save time and ensure consistency by eliminating the need for repetitive
configuration changes and performance tweaks. This approach can be compared to automated
replication, which requires a configuration management tool such as Puppet to build new images
In a self-service
provisioning environment, a collection of golden images may be referred to as a golden
repository, gold catalog or golden image library.
See also: vanilla image, ghost image, VM
Contributor(s): Nick Martin
This was last updated in November 2012
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