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Version: v2.0-v2.4

Rancher Azure Quick Start Guide

The following steps will quickly deploy a Rancher server on Azure in a single-node RKE Kubernetes cluster, with a single-node downstream Kubernetes cluster attached.

Note: The intent of these guides is to quickly launch a sandbox that you can use to evaluate Rancher. These guides are not intended for production environments. For comprehensive setup instructions, see Installation.


Note Deploying to Microsoft Azure will incur charges.

Getting Started

  1. Clone Rancher Quickstart to a folder using git clone

  2. Go into the Azure folder containing the Terraform files by executing cd quickstart/azure.

  3. Rename the terraform.tfvars.example file to terraform.tfvars.

  4. Edit terraform.tfvars and customize the following variables:

    • azure_subscription_id - Microsoft Azure Subscription ID
    • azure_client_id - Microsoft Azure Client ID
    • azure_client_secret - Microsoft Azure Client Secret
    • azure_tenant_id - Microsoft Azure Tenant ID
    • rancher_server_admin_password - Admin password for created Rancher server
  5. Optional: Modify optional variables within terraform.tfvars. See the Quickstart Readme and the Azure Quickstart Readme for more information. Suggestions include:

    - `azure_location` - Microsoft Azure region, choose the closest instead of the default
    - `prefix` - Prefix for all created resources
    - `instance_type` - Compute instance size used, minimum is `Standard_DS2_v2` but `Standard_DS2_v3` or `Standard_DS3_v2` could be used if within budget
    - `ssh_key_file_name` - Use a specific SSH key instead of `~/.ssh/id_rsa` (public key is assumed to be `${ssh_key_file_name}.pub`)
  6. Run terraform init.

  7. To initiate the creation of the environment, run terraform apply --auto-approve. Then wait for output similar to the following:

    Apply complete! Resources: 16 added, 0 changed, 0 destroyed.


    rancher_node_ip = xx.xx.xx.xx
    rancher_server_url =
    workload_node_ip = yy.yy.yy.yy
  8. Paste the rancher_server_url from the output above into the browser. Log in when prompted (default username is admin, use the password set in rancher_server_admin_password).


Two Kubernetes clusters are deployed into your Azure account, one running Rancher Server and the other ready for experimentation deployments.

What's Next?

Use Rancher to create a deployment. For more information, see Creating Deployments.

Destroying the Environment

  1. From the quickstart/azure folder, execute terraform destroy --auto-approve.

  2. Wait for confirmation that all resources have been destroyed.