How to Install Rancher on Your Synology NAS

How to Install Rancher on Your Synology NAS

Rancher is a complete software stack for teams adopting containers. It addresses the operational and security challenges of managing multiple Kubernetes clusters across any infrastructure, while providing DevOps teams with integrated tools for running containerized workloads. In this step by step guide I will show you how to install Rancher on your Synology NAS using Docker.

  • STEP 1

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  • STEP 2

Install Docker via Synology “Package Center”.

Install Docker Synology DSM 7

  • STEP 2.1

Go to File Station and open the docker folder. Inside the docker folder, create one new folder and name it rancher. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful to enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.

Rancher Synology NAS set up Rancher folder

  • STEP 3

Go to Control Panel / Task Scheduler / Create / Scheduled Task / User-defined script. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Rancher Synology NAS Set up 1

  • STEP 4

Once you click on User-defined script a new window will open. Follow the instructions below:

  1. General: In the Task field type in Install Rancher. Uncheck the “Enabled” option. Select root User.
  2. Schedule: Select Run on the following date then select “Do not repeat“.
  3. Task Settings: Check “Send run details by email“, add your email then copy paste the code below in the Run command area. After that click OK.
docker run -d --name=rancher \
-p 8064:80 \
-p 5443:443 \
-e CATTLE_BOOTSTRAP_PASSWORD=mariushosting \
-v /volume1/docker/rancher:/var/lib/rancher \
--privileged \
--restart always \
rancher/rancher

Note: Before you paste the code above in the Run command area, change the value for CATTLE_BOOTSTRAP_PASSWORD and add your own password.
Note
: mariushosting is an example of a password. You have to insert your own password.

Rancher Synology NAS set up new 21-1

  • STEP 5

After you click OK on STEP 4 a new warning pop up window will open. Click OK.

Rancher Synology NAS set up new 22-2

  • STEP 6

After you click OK on STEP 5, select your “Install Rancher” Task then click the “Run” tab. You will be asked to run Install Rancher – click Yes. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Rancher Synology NAS Set up 4

  • STEP 7

Set up your own Synology DDNS using Wildcard.

  • STEP 8

Go to Control Panel / Login Portal / Advanced Tab / click Reverse Proxy. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Rancher Synology NAS Set up 5

  • STEP 9

Now click the “Create” button. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Rancher Synology NAS Set up 6

  • STEP 10

On the General area, set the Reverse Proxy Name description to: Rancher. After that, add the following instructions:

Source:
Protocol: HTTPS
Hostname: rancher.yourname.synology.me Note: I have chosen to add rancher before mariushosting.synology.me You can choose any name before .yourname.synology.me
Port: 443

Destination:
Protocol: HTTP
Hostname: localhost
Port: 8064 (the localhost port of the Rancher container)

Click Save. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Rancher Synology NAS Set up 7

  • STEP 11

Activate WebSocket. Go to Control Panel / Login Portal / select your Reverse Proxy then click the Custom Header tab. Click Create and then, from the drop-down menu, click on WebSocket. After you click on WebSocket, two Header Names and two Values will be automatically added. Click Save. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Rancher Synology NAS Set up 8

  • STEP 12

Go back to STEP 1 or you will deal with karma 🙂

  • STEP 13

The installation process can take up to a few seconds/minutes. It will depend on your Internet speed connection. Now open your browser and type in https://rancher.yourname.synology.me Add your own Password which you have chosen at STEP 4. Click Log in. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Rancher Synology NAS set up new 1

  • STEP 14

Confirm your Server URL. Click Continue. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Rancher Synology NAS set up new 2

  • STEP 15

After you click Continue on STEP 14, click Local. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Rancher Synology NAS set up new 3

  • STEP 16

Rancher is installed on your Synology NAS.

Rancher Synology NAS set up new 4

The Rancher Cluster Dashboard.

Rancher Synology NAS Set up 13

Dark Mode Dashboard.

Rancher Synology NAS Set up 14

Note: Can I run Docker on my Synology NAS? See the supported models.
Note: Find out how to update the Rancher container with the latest image.
Note: How to Free Disk Space on Your NAS if You Run Docker.
Note: How to Schedule Start & Stop For Docker Containers.

This post was updated on Thursday / October 21st, 2021 at 8:16 PM