Re: Re: An ask for Test Kitchen 1.4.0 and Kitchen::Vagrant 0.17.0 pre-releases


For an example, I just posted an example of using the beta gems to create and test an ActiveDirectory controller pair. The cookbook and tests can be hosted on windows, mac or Linux via virtualbox or Hyper-V.

You can read it here:

From: Torben Knerr
Sent: ‎Saturday‎, ‎March‎ ‎28‎, ‎2015 ‎4‎:‎53‎ ‎PM
To: Fletcher Nichol,, Chef Developers

Awesome stuff!

My (quite basic) kitchen tests with kitchen-vagrant and the
vagrant-lxc provider are still running fine. Thanks for releasing this
with kitchen-vagrant 0.16.0 earlier this week!

“oooo, ahhhh” Windows?!

Indeed very useful (I might need to set up some windows boxes in the
near futur…)

So far I found the boxcutter/windows [0] boxes superb. Mischa Taylor
has done a great job with boxcutter. Not sure though whether they have
winrm enabled or not…

Btw: are there any real life test-kitchen / windows examples out there already?


[0] Github:

On Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 4:27 PM, Fletcher Nichol wrote:

Howdy y’alls!

—BEGIN tl;dr—

Guess what? We have a couple of pre-release gems cut today for Test Kitchen, specifically:

  • test-kitchen 1.4.0.beta.2 (beta.1 cut yesterday)
  • kitchen-vagrant 0.17.beta.2 (beta.1 cut yesterday)

Here’s my ask for anyone with time/interest/ability in the next day or 2:

Where ever you use Test Kitchen, give this pair of releases a try. If you don’t care about the Vagrant Driver, then just use the Test Kitchen pre-release. Use it exactly as you would any previous stable release, don’t change anything.

—END tl;dr—

It’s extremely important that this release doesn’t break existing projects, Drivers, and/or Provisioners in the wild. If you find issues, please let myself or Tyler Ball know and file an issue if you can. Linking to a reproducible project and kitchen diagnose —all output (scrubbed for credentials first) is such a big help, you have no idea.


If you have a Ruby workflow with RubyGems and/or Bundler this won’t be too much work:

Gem install with:

gem install test-kitchen —pre
gem install kitchen-vagrant —pre

Gemfile containing:

gem “test-kitchen”, “~> 1.4.0.beta.2”
gem “kitchen-vagrant”, “~> 0.17.0.beta.2”

If you’re using ChefDK, you might want to give this a spin to update test-kitchen (whipped up last night in a frenzy):

To update the kitchen-vagrant gem, simply:

chef gem install kitchen-vagrant --pre --minimal-deps


Note that this release has the much-fabled “Windows guest support” (insert “oooo, ahhhh” here). How do you get started? At the moment getting Vagrant base box images of Windows is still a big pain, but if you have access to one, here are the versions that should “just work”:

Windows with Kitchen::Vagrant

Any Vagrant base box should have vm.communicator = “winrm” and vm.guest = “windows” set by default, otherwise vagrant up will not be able to correctly boot the VM. Note that there are some Windows base boxes out there with vm.communicator = “ssh” set, so plan accordingly.

Assuming you have a Vagrant base box called “windows-2012r2”, you can use a .kitchen.yml similar to:

name: vagrant


  • name: windows-2012r2


  • name: default

Note that with the updates in kitchen-vagrant you don’t need to set/override a :box, :box_url, :communicator, :guest, :port, :username, or :password. Sane defaults should apply.

For anyone who has tried the windows-guest-support branch, you may have seen extra transport configuration like this:

name: vagrant


  • name: windows-2012r2
    name: winrm


  • name: default

This is what Test Kitchen’s going to give you by default for any platform name starting with /^win/ (case insensitive) so add it, or don’t, it should work either way. If you don’t believe me, run kitchen diagnose against both and note the difference :slight_smile:

Finally, if you use certain Vagrant providers or use private networks in your setup, kitchen-vagrant is not currently able to determine your WinRM port. I’m hoping to fix this with a Vagrant plugin which kitchen-vagrant can use to return it’s WinRM and RDP hostname and port.

Further Reading

You can check out the CHANGELOG for more details/links regarding beta.1 and beta.2:

Happy testing!

Fletcher Nichol
Engineering Lead - Test Driven Infrastructure
IRC, Twitter, GitHub: fnichol