Rancher provides an infrastructure service for a distributed DNS service by using its own lightweight DNS server coupled with a highly available control plane. Each healthy container is automatically added to the DNS service when linked to another service or added to a Service Alias. When queried by the service name, the DNS service returns a randomized list of IP addresses of the healthy containers implementing that service.
<service_name>.<stack_name>and are not required explicit links, which can be set under Service Links in a service.
Because Rancher’s overlay networking provides each container with a distinct IP address, you do not need to deal with port mappings and do not need to handle situations like duplicated services listening on different ports. As a result, a simple DNS service is adequate for handling service discovery.
Learn more about the internal DNS service for Cattle environments.