vboxmanage.exe error could not rename the directory

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I am using VirtualBox 4.2.18 and Vagrant 1.3.3 on Window 7. I have done a vagrant box add

vagrant box add MyBox http://ergonlogic.com/files/boxes/debian-LAMP-current.box

But, when I get to the step of vagrant up I get the following error: "vboxmanage.exe error could not rename the directory..."

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks, Derek

"Could not rename the directory /VirtualBox VMs/ubuntu-14.04 , I'm trying to run the rancher-vagrant project for the first time, but it is not working for me. VirtualBox error: VBoxManage: error: Could not rename the directory  The rename step will fail second time around for the box started with a different user account, since the directory vagrant is trying to rename to already exists, as it was created by the other account

I went to the Directory

VirtualBox VMs

And deleted everything inside. Then I just did vagrant up, and it worked.

Stderr: VBoxManage: error: Could not rename the directory '$HOME , Stderr: VBoxManage: error: Could not rename the directory '$HOME/VirtualBox VMs/k8slocal_k8snode-1com_1552891997099_9456' to  Stderr: VBoxManage.exe: error: Could not rename the directory 'C:\Users\vpabothu\VirtualBox VMs\packer-virtualbox-iso-1475862042_1486646061013_13420' to 'C:\Users\vpabothu\VirtualBox VMs\m1.dcos' to save the settings file (VERR_FILE_NOT_FOUND) VBoxManage.exe: error: Details: code E_FAIL (0x80004005), component SessionMachine, interface IMachine

I was finally able to figure this out. Turns out it is useful to know how to set two specific directory paths for VirtualBox. This was particularly useful because I run my machine under an account that does not have administrative privileges. So I needed to get VirtualBox to used directory paths which I had access to security-wise. The first is the VBOX_USER_HOME environment variable which can be done within the System Properties/Environment Variables on Windows 7. In this way the VBOX_USER_HOME variable will control where the .VirtualBox directory goes. Secondly, set where the *.vbox files goes which is typically a directory called VirtualBox VMs. To set this path open the VirtualBox GUI and go to File  Preference and set the path at the Default Machine Folder input box.

Hopefully this info will help others.

Derek

vboxmanage.exe error could not rename the directory, I tried: vagrant destroy -f; manually deleting the virtualboxes in their directory; restarting my machine; reinstalling both vagrant and virtualbox  Stderr: VBoxManage.exe: error: Could not rename the directory 'C:\Users\user\VirtualBox VMs<vm_id>' to 'C:\Users\user\VirtualBox VMs<vm_id>' to save the settings file (VERR ACCESS_DENIED) Or, this will rename the VM and host folder .

I just removed every sub folder under this folder and it worked

Fixing the Vagrant Rename Directory Error, Command: ["modifyvm", "5b9eb013-65e0-4d4c-91f3-87b0fd19156a", "--name", "​BrokenVM"] Stderr: VBoxManage: error: Could not rename the  Stderr: VBoxManage.exe: error: Could not rename the directory I am not a big fan of Vagrant, its behavior is way too erratic and opaque for me. When it works we are happy, when it fails - and it fails way too often - we are left googling sparse and stern documentation.

That error means there is other VM in Virtual Machine with the same name as the one you used for this VM. So go back to the folder of that VM you run previously and destroy it with "vagrant destroy -f". Then try again running this VM.

Stderr: VBoxManage.exe: error: Could not rename the directory, This new error "Stderr: VBoxManage.exe: error: Could not rename the directory" could be fixed only after LOTS of googling and trial and error: VirtualBox error: VBoxManage.exe: error: Could not rename the directory 'C:\Users\TuanTai\VirtualBox VMs\ubuntu-cloudimg-trusty-vagrant-amd64_1465869727246_57247' to 'C:\Users\TuanTai\VirtualBox VMs\vvv' to save the settings file (VERR_ALREADY_EXISTS) VBoxManage.exe: error: Details: code E_FAIL (0x80004005), component SessionMachine, interface

[DCOS_OSS-2443] Stderr: VBoxManage.exe: error: Could not , Stderr: VBoxManage.exe: error: Could not rename the directory - the below error even after deleting the duplicate files from that folder. Perryg Site Moderator Posts: 34373 Joined: 6. Sep 2008, 21:55 Primary OS: Linux other VBox Version: OSE self-compiled Guest OSses: *NIX

Homestead 2.0.7: Bootup Error (Could not rename the directory ), Homestead 2.0.7: Bootup Error (Could not rename the directory ) save the settings file (VERR_ALREADY_EXISTS) VBoxManage.exe: error:  Stderr: VBoxManage: error: The host network interface with the given name could not be found VBoxManage: error: Details: code NS_ERROR_INVALID_ARG (0x80070057), component Host, interface IHost, callee nsISupports VBoxManage: error: Context: "FindHostNetworkInterfaceByName(name.raw(), hif.asOutParam())" at line 220 of file VBoxManageHostonly.cpp

vagrant VBoxManage.exe: error: Could not rename the directory the , I am encountering an error with vagrant up: "another VM with that name already VBoxManage.exe: error: Could not rename the directory  It's a pretty sure bet that running an exe file in Linux won't work. In Windows you do run it from the command prompt. If you get a message about the command not being found then either add the path to the command to your PATH environment variable or specify the full path to the command. If the command runs but it's not doing what you think it

Comments
  • Enable debug VAGRANT_LOG=debug vagrant up and see more output. Is VAGRANT_HOME present?
  • Thanks Terry! That was a very helpful tip and got me further along. I can see now that the command that is failing is: VBoxManage modifyvm f975034b-43c2-46cb-abfc-6c233d23d61c --name Vagrant_default_1380153421 which throws the rename error.
  • Thanks to your reply, I've only wasted ~30 mins of my time.
  • I would up vote this 100 times, if I could! Thank you!
  • +1 because this might have helped me, but only after destroying all boxes with vagrant destroy and then manually creating a C:\Users\myusername\VMs folder. Thanks.
  • This worked for me as well. Although make sure that before you delete everything inside, you run vagrant destroy -f
  • I also had problem with admin privileges. By default, VirtualBox creates machines in a unit that requires admin privileges to run. This is not a problem for VirtualBox, but it causes problem for external programs trying to work on this folder.
  • Could you explain more of what needs to be set for the VBOX_USER_HOME and in the virtual box GUI?