Kitchen create error: hostname

I am running kitchen create on mwrock/windows2012r2 vagrant box and I am getting this error:
>>>>>> ------Exception-------

Class: Kitchen::ActionFailed
Message: 1 actions failed.
Failed to complete #create action: [Expected process to exit with [0], but received ‘1’
---- Begin output of vagrant up --no-provision --provider virtualbox ----
STDOUT: Bringing machine ‘default’ up with ‘virtualbox’ provider…
==> default: Checking if box ‘mwrock/windows2012R2’ is up to date…
==> default: Clearing any previously set forwarded ports…
==> default: Couldn’t find Cheffile at ./Cheffile.
==> default: Fixed port collision for 3389 => 3389. Now on port 2200.
==> default: Fixed port collision for 22 => 2222. Now on port 2201.
==> default: Clearing any previously set network interfaces…
==> default: Preparing network interfaces based on configuration…
default: Adapter 1: nat
==> default: Forwarding ports…
default: 3389 (guest) => 2200 (host) (adapter 1)
default: 5985 (guest) => 55985 (host) (adapter 1)
default: 5986 (guest) => 55986 (host) (adapter 1)
default: 22 (guest) => 2201 (host) (adapter 1)
==> default: Running ‘pre-boot’ VM customizations…
==> default: Booting VM…
==> default: Waiting for machine to boot. This may take a few minutes…
default: WinRM address:
default: WinRM username: vagrant
default: WinRM execution_time_limit: PT2H
default: WinRM transport: negotiate
==> default: Machine booted and ready!
==> default: Checking for guest additions in VM…
==> default: Setting hostname…
STDERR: Renaming the Windows guest failed. Most often this is because you’ve
specified a FQDN instead of just a host name.

Ensure the new guest name is properly formatted. Standard names may
contain letters (a-z, A-Z), numbers (0-9), and hypens (-), but no
spaces or periods (.). The name may not consist entirely of digits.
---- End output of vagrant up --no-provision --provider virtualbox ----
Ran vagrant up --no-provision --provider virtualbox returned 1] on default-mwrock-windows2012R2

Please see .kitchen/logs/kitchen.log for more details
Also try running kitchen diagnose --all for configuration

my .kitchen.yml file is

name: vagrant

name: chef_zero

You may wish to disable always updating cookbooks in CI or other testing environments.

For example:

always_update_cookbooks: <%= !ENV[‘CI’] %>

always_update_cookbooks: true

name: inspec

name: winrm
elevated: true


  • name: mwrock/windows2012R2


  • name: default
    • recipe[j5_wrp::default]
      • test/smoke/default

This is happening for any windows box that I do kitchen create on. Does anybody have any ideas?



I found the error. it was my .kitchen.yml file. Matt Wrock answered it here: Kitchen converge Windows 2012r2

I had to take off the customize because that was giving me the error.

memory: 2048

This was the fix


  • name: windows_2012_r2_standard
    box: kensykora/windows_2012_r2_standard

Adding the hostname to the customization section would also probably fix
the issue.