A driver to allow Test Kitchen to consume vRealize Automation (vRA) resources to perform testing.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'kitchen-vra'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install kitchen-vra

Or even better, install it via ChefDK:

$ chef gem install kitchen-vra


After installing the gem as described above, edit your .kitchen.yml file to set the driver to 'vra' and supply your login credentials:

  name: vra
  username: [email protected]
  password: mypassword
  tenant: mytenant
  base_url: https://vra.corp.local
  verify_ssl: true

Then configure your platforms. A catalog_id is required for each platform:

  - name: centos6
      catalog_id: e9db1084-d1c6-4c1f-8e3c-eb8f3dc574f9
  - name: centos7
      catalog_id: c4211950-ab07-42b1-ba80-8f5d3f2c8251

Other options that you can set include:

  • lease_days: number of days to request for a lease, if your catalog item / blueprint requires it
  • request_timeout: amount of time, in seconds, to wait for a vRA request to complete. Default is 600 seconds.
  • server_ready_retries: Number of times to retry the "waiting for server to be ready" check. In some cases, this will error out immediately due to DNS propagation issues, etc. Setting this to a number greater than 0 will retry the wait_until_ready method with a growing sleep in between each attempt. Defaults to 1. Set to 0 to disable any retrying of the wait_until_ready method.
  • cpus: number of CPUs the host should have
  • memory: amount of RAM, in MB, the host should have
  • requested_for: the vRA login ID to list as the owner of this resource. Defaults to the vRA username configured in the driver section.
  • subtenant_id: the Business Group ID to list as the owner. This is required if the catalog item is a shared/global item; we are unable to determine the subtenant_id from the catalog, and vRA requires it to be set on every request.
  • private_key_path: path to the SSH private key to use when logging in. Defaults to '~/.ssh/id_rsa' or '~/.ssh/id_dsa', preferring the RSA key. Only applies to instances where SSH transport is used; i.e., does not apply to Windows hosts with the WinRM transport configured.
  • use_dns: Defaults to false. Set to true if vRA doesn't manage vm ip addresses. This will cause kitchen to attempt to connect via hostname.
  • dns_suffix: Defaults to nil. Set to your domain suffix, for example ''. This only takes effect when use_dns == true and is appended to the hostname returned by vRA.
  • extra_parameters: a hash of other data to set on a catalog request, most notably custom properties. Allows updates to existing properties on the blueprint as well as the addition of new properties. The vRA REST API expects 'provider-' appended to the front of a property name; each key in the hash is the property name, and the value is a another hash containing the value data type and the value itself.

These settings can be set globally under the top-level driver section, or they can be set on each platform, which allows you to set globals and then override them. For example, this configuration would set the CPU count to 1 except on the "large" platform:

  name: vra
  cpus: 1

  - name: small
      catalog_id: 8a189191-fea6-43eb-981e-ee0fa40f8f57
          type: string
          value: smallvalue
          type: string
          value: Non-Prod
  - name: large
      catalog_id: 1d7c6122-18fa-4ed6-bd13-8a33b6c6ed50
      cpus: 2
          type: string
          value: largevalue
          type: string
          value: Prod

License and Authors

Author:: Chef Partner Engineering ([email protected])

Copyright:: Copyright (c) 2015-2017 Chef Software, Inc.

License:: Apache License, Version 2.0

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.


We'd love to hear from you if this doesn't work in your vRA environment. Please log a GitHub issue, or even better, submit a Pull Request with a fix!

  1. Fork it ( )
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create a new Pull Request