Can SUSE Rancher Hosted manage my on-premise clusters running on VMWare or bare metal servers?

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Yes, there are a variety of ways you can accomplish this. You can provision your VMs or bare metal servers ahead of time and use the Custom Cluster option when creating your Kubernetes cluster. A shell command will be provided which you can run on each server to join the cluster. Your on-premise servers will only require outbound (egress) access to SUSE Rancher Hosted.

If you want to use the vSphere node driver to have SUSE Rancher Hosted provision your infrastructure, SUSE Rancher Hosted will need inbound (ingress) access to your on-premise infrastructure. This can be accomplished one of three ways:

  1. Open firewall rules on your corporate network.
  2. Establish a VPC peering connection between SUSE Rancher Hosted and your AWS cloud account. This requires that your AWS cloud account is connected to your on-premise infrastructure through Direct Connect or VPN.
  3. Establish a VPN connection between SUSE Rancher Hosted and your on-premise network.

More details can be provided on each of these three options. See also SUSE Rancher Hosted Whitepaper.


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  • Document ID:000020090
  • Creation Date: 18-Feb-2022
  • Modified Date:18-Feb-2022
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