A. Create an RKE Config File

From a system that can access ports 22/tcp and 6443/tcp on your host nodes, use the sample below to create a new file named rancher-cluster.yml. This file is a Rancher Kubernetes Engine configuration file (RKE config file), which is a configuration for the cluster you’re deploying Rancher to.

Replace values in the code sample below with help of the RKE Options table. Use the IP address or DNS names of the 3 nodes you created.

Tip: For more details on the options available, see the RKE Config Options.

RKE Options
Option Required Description
address The DNS or IP address for the node within the air gap network.
user A user that can run docker commands.
role List of Kubernetes roles assigned to the node.
internal_address optional1 The DNS or IP address used for internal cluster traffic.
ssh_key_path Path to SSH private key used to authenticate to the node (defaults to ~/.ssh/id_rsa).

1 Some services like AWS EC2 require setting the internal_address if you want to use self-referencing security groups or firewalls.

nodes:
- address: 10.10.3.187            # node air gap network IP
  internal_address: 172.31.7.22   # node intra-cluster IP
  user: rancher
  role: [ "controlplane", "etcd", "worker" ]
  ssh_key_file: /home/user/.ssh/id_rsa
- address: 10.10.3.254            # node air gap network IP
  internal_address: 172.31.13.132 # node intra-cluster IP
  user: rancher
  role: [ "controlplane", "etcd", "worker" ]
  ssh_key_file: /home/user/.ssh/id_rsa
- address: 10.10.3.89             # node air gap network IP
  internal_address: 172.31.3.216  # node intra-cluster IP
  user: rancher
  role: [ "controlplane", "etcd", "worker" ]
  ssh_key_file: /home/user/.ssh/id_rsa

private_registries:
- url: <REGISTRY.YOURDOMAIN.COM:PORT> # private registry url
  user: rancher
  password: "*********"
  is_default: true

B. Run RKE

After configuring rancher-cluster.yml, open Terminal and change directories to the RKE binary. Then enter the command below to stand up your high availability cluster.

rke up --config ./rancher-cluster.yml

Next: Install Rancher