In this section, you’ll learn how to set up the vSphere cloud provider for a Rancher managed RKE Kubernetes cluster in vSphere.

Follow these steps while creating the vSphere cluster in Rancher:

  1. Set Cloud Provider option to Custom.

    vsphere-node-driver-cloudprovider
  2. Click on Edit as YAML

  3. Insert the following structure to the pre-populated cluster YAML. As of Rancher v2.3+, this structure must be placed under rancher_kubernetes_engine_config. In versions prior to v2.3, it has to be defined as a top-level field. Note that the name must be set to vsphere.

    rancher_kubernetes_engine_config: # Required as of Rancher v2.3+
      cloud_provider:
          name: vsphere
          vsphereCloudProvider:
              [Insert provider configuration]

Rancher uses RKE (the Rancher Kubernetes Engine) to provision Kubernetes clusters. Refer to the vSphere configuration reference in the RKE documentation for details about the properties of the vsphereCloudProvider directive.