» Windows Restart Provisioner

Type: windows-restart

The Windows restart provisioner initiates a reboot on a Windows machine and waits for the machine to come back online.

The Windows provisioning process often requires multiple reboots, and this provisioner helps to ease that process.

Packer expects the machine to be ready to continue provisioning after it reboots. Packer detects that the reboot has completed by making an RPC call through the Windows Remote Management (WinRM) service, not by ACPI functions, so Windows must be completely booted in order to continue.

» Basic Example

The example below is fully functional.

  "type": "windows-restart"

» Configuration Reference

The reference of available configuration options is listed below.

Optional parameters:

  • check_registry (bool) - if true, checks for several registry keys that indicate that the system is going to reboot. This is useful if an installation kicks off a reboot and you want the provisioner to wait for that reboot to complete before reconnecting. Please note that this option is a beta feature, and we generally recommend that you finish installs that auto-reboot (like windows updates) during your autounattend phase before our winrm provisioner connects.

  • registry_keys (array of strings) - if check-registry is true, windows-restart will not reconnect until after all of the listed keys are no longer present in the registry.


    var DefaultRegistryKeys = []string{
      "HKLM:SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Component Based Servicing\\RebootPending",
      "HKLM:SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Component Based Servicing\\PackagesPending",
      "HKLM:Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Component Based Servicing\\RebootInProgress",
  • restart_command (string) - The command to execute to initiate the restart. By default this is shutdown /r /f /t 0 /c "packer restart".

  • restart_check_command (string) - A command to execute to check if the restart succeeded. This will be done in a loop. Example usage:

      "type": "windows-restart",
      "restart_check_command": "powershell -command \"& {Write-Output 'restarted.'}\""
  • restart_timeout (string) - The timeout to wait for the restart. By default this is 5 minutes. Example value: 5m. If you are installing updates or have a lot of startup services, you will probably need to increase this duration.

Parameters common to all provisioners:

  • pause_before (duration) - Sleep for duration before execution.

  • only (array of string) - Only run the provisioner for listed builder(s) by name.

  • override (object) - Override the builder with different settings for a specific builder, eg :

    "type": "shell",
    "script": "script.sh",
    "override": {
      "vmware-iso": {
      "execute_command": "echo 'password' | sudo -S bash {{.Path}}"
  • timeout (duration) - If the provisioner takes more than for example 1h10m1s or 10m to finish, the provisioner will timeout and fail.