Introduction to Rancher

By Wes Coffay

An introduction to the Rancher tool for managing Kubernetes.

2 hours
  • 9 Lessons
  • 1 Hands-On Lab
  • 1 Course Quiz

About the course

Howdy there, partner. Managing a Kubernetes cluster can be a challenge, and managing a bunch of them can be, well, like herding cattle. That’s where Rancher comes in — Rancher is a free, open-source tool that allows you to manage multiple Kubernetes clusters, even in different clouds (e.g., EKS, AKS, GKE) and data centers. Rancher makes it easier to keep all your clusters up to date and secured so you and your teams can focus on developing cool new apps and features.

In this course, we will go over what Rancher is, how it works, how to set it up, and how to navigate around Rancher.

  • Chapter 1 1 Lesson Introduction 1:40

    Course Introduction

  • Chapter 2 8 Lessons Home, Home on the Ranch 1:54:03

    Welcome to the Ranch(er)


    Lay of the Land: Rancher Components and Features


    Not Another Kubernetes Distribution: Rancher Kubernetes Engine (RKE)


    Running Clusters at the Edge with K3s


    Longhorn: Persistent Storage in Ephemeral Infrastructure


    DEMO: Getting Hands-On with Rancher


    Managing Kubernetes Clusters with Rancher

    1:00:00 Hands-On Lab

    QUIZ: Rancher Knowledge Check

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 3 1 Lesson Conclusion 1:06

    Course Summary, Conclusion, and What’s Next


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What are Hands-on Labs

What's the difference between theoretical knowledge and real skills? Practical real-world experience. That's where Hands-on Labs come in! Hands-on Labs are guided, interactive experiences that help you learn and practice real-world scenarios in real cloud environments. Hands-on Labs are seamlessly integrated in courses, so you can learn by doing.

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