The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has commenced a migration to Windows 7 and has begun a virtualisation support deployment as part of its desktop modernisation upgrade this year.
The department will bypass Vista to upgrade its fleet of Windows XP machines to the latest operating system and will also update to Microsoft Office 2010.
In addition, it will upgrade its Symantec End Point Protection antivirus to version 11 and its end user server fleet to Microsoft Server 2008.
"The focus is to ensure the department has a contemporary desktop environment that supports collaboration across physical locations," DIAC said in a statement. "The department will also be upgrading its existing infrastructure to support virtualisation."
Immigration will migrate to the latest Microsoft system centre configuration manager.
It said that most projects were scheduled to be completed this year, with some virtualisation applications and Office 2010 components to be finalised before June 2012.
The deployment will be handled by Unisys under its desktop outsourcing contract, which began in 2007, with assistance from Microsoft. The vendor covers desktop and applications support, as well as secure email and internet services for some 7000 DIAC employees in Australia and 60 overseas locations.
Government agencies are mulling Windows 7 roll-outs independently, with Centrelink already on the platform, while the Department of Parliamentary Services recently said it would move to Vista from XP and Medicare is still on XP.