Virtual Desktops to the Rescue
Desktop virtualization can save the day in a crisis. At Iowa Workforce Development, while upgrading more than 150 desktops from Windows XP to Windows 7, a temporary staffer accidentally dragged a folder for all of the agency's PCs into the reimaging folder, and machines all across the state started to undergo the reimaging process.
"When we saw what was happening we immediately shut it down, but we had affected more than 150 machines at that point," CIO Gary Bateman recalls. "The machines were inoperable at that time. We knew it would take days and possibly weeks to get those back online."
Instead, Bateman decided to create virtual desktops out of the affected machines by running an Ubuntu operating system on a Linux kernel and adding a VMware View client that hooks to the virtual desktop. "We were able to get all 150 machines up and running in probably two to three hours," he says.