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 3

Go to Control Panel / Task Scheduler / Create / Scheduled Task / User-defined script. Follow the instructions in the images 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 “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 \
--privileged \
--restart always \
rancher/rancher

Rancher Synology NAS Set up 2

  • STEP 5

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

Rancher Synology NAS Set up 3

  • 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 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: 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 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 Choose a new Password and then choose your personal Default View. Click Continue. Follow the instructions in the images below.

Rancher Synology NAS Set up 9

  • STEP 14

Confirm and Save your URL. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Rancher Synology NAS Set up 10

  • STEP 15

After click Save URL at STEP 14 a new changelog pop up message will appear. Click Close. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Rancher Synology NAS Set up 11

  • STEP 16

Rancher is installed on your Synology NAS. Click Explorer to see dashboard or start to add Cluster!

Rancher Synology NAS Set up 12

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 Rancher container with the latest image.
Note: How to Free Disk Space on Your NAS if You Run Docker.

This post was updated on Saturday / July 17th, 2021 at 11:43 AM