November 10, 2016
Read time: 7 min

Registries are one of the key components that make working with containers, primarily Docker, so appealing to the masses. A registry hosts images that are downloaded and run on hosts in a container engine. A container is simply a running instance of a specific image. Think of an image as a ready-to-go package, like an MSI on Microsoft Windows or an RPM on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. I won’t go into the details of how registries work here, but if you want to learn more,this article is a great read.

July 8, 2015
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Hi, I’m Sidhartha Mani, one of the engineers at Rancher, and I wanted to provide a quick overview for how to get started using RancherOS. RancherOS is a micro-linux distribution that has the aim of providing just the right amount of OS to run Docker. It turns out, all Docker really requires to function is the kernel. RancherOS embraces this by running Docker as PID1 and everything running inside of it is a container.

April 16, 2015
Read time: 5 min

Virtual machines and containers are two of my favorite technologies. I have always wondered about different ways they can work together. It has become clear over time these two technologies compliment each other. True there is overlap, but most people who are running containers today run them on virtual machines, and for good reason. Virtual machines provide the underlying computing resources and are typically managed by the IT operations teams. Containers, on the other hand, are managed by application developers and devops teams.

James Oliver
James Oliver
May 29, 2018
Read time: 5 min

Live migration of virtual machines is now supported by RancherVM. Learn how to setup shared storage and run VM migration to different hosts.

May 14, 2015
Read time: 1 min

Recently, we announced RancherVM, an open source project that makes it possible to run KVM virtual machines embedded in Docker containers. Yesterday, we hosted an online meetup to demonstrate this new project and answer questions about how it works, and why you might want to use it for. We recorded that video, and have posted it here. You can download RancherVM from GitHub. If you’d like to speak to someone about how to get involved with RancherVM, please request a demonstration.

January 17, 2017
Read time: 13 min

Note: this is Part 4 in a series on building highly resilient workloads. Parts 1, 2, and 3 are available already online. In Part 4 of this series on running resilient workloads with Docker and Rancher, we take a look at service updates. Generally, service updates are where the risk of downtime is the highest. It doesn’t hurt to have a grasp of how deployments work in Rancher and the options available within.

April 9, 2015
Read time: 6 min

Nagios is a fantastic monitoring tool, and I wanted to see if I could get the agent to run as a system container on RancherOS, in order to monitor the host and any Docker containers running on it. It turned out to be incredibly easy. In this blog post, I’ll walk through how to launch the Nagios agent as system container in RancherOS. Specifically, I’ll use two vagrant boxes to cover:

May 21, 2015
Read time: 6 min

Note: Rancher has come a long way since this was first published in June 2015. We’ve revised this post (as of August 2016) to reflect the updates in our enterprise container management service. Read on for the updated tutorial! Rancher supports multiple orchestration engines for its managed environments, including Kubernetes, Mesos, Docker Swarm, and Cattle (the default Rancher managed environment). The Cattle environment is rich with features like stacks, services, and load balancing, and in this post, we’ll highlight common uses for these features.

November 21, 2017
Read time: 4 min

I spend a large amount of my time helping clients implement Rancher successfully. As Rancher is involved in just about every vertical, I come across a large number of different infrastructure configurations, including (but not limited to!) air-gapped, proxied, SSL, HA Rancher Server, and non-HA Rancher Server. Scenario & Criteria What I wanted was a way to quickly emulate an environment to allow me to more closely test or replicate an issue.