11/21/2022, 9:49 PM
Hi all! So, currently, I've got a server running Docker on Ubuntu 18.04, with a bunch of docker-compose configs running, most behind Traefik. This has been a "home" lab of sorts for myself for a while. Now, I'm being asked to set up a Windows instance for Quickbooks, apparently, and so i need to create a VM, but those are harder to manage in a way that makes sense for non-technical users and i would prefer to manage containers and vms in the same place. I've heard that Rancher can do vms in docker, if so, how can I get this set up, and import my existing stuff? (Traefik is configured with Cloudflare) Noting that, we also have a second server that's yet to be set up - so I would like to connect that as well, later. -- i know that it can manage a VM host, but ideally i want to be able to have all systems be capable of both vms and containers seamlessly


11/21/2022, 9:59 PM
Hi, IDK about Rancher managing VM’s through Docker but I know Rancher can Manage harvester which utilizes KubeVirt under the hood . I would check that out as a base hypervisor If you want to integrate everything into the Rancher ecosystem.


11/21/2022, 10:15 PM
in that case, is "Harvester" installable on top of an existing setup, which would let me do both vms and containers on one system?
hm. harvester appears to use k8s?


11/21/2022, 10:25 PM
Harvester is a standalone self-contained HCI solution - see


11/21/2022, 10:30 PM
huh. how come there doesnt seem to be a system that does both vms and containers interchangeably?
@witty-jelly-95845 how does it work? can it do both vms and containers on the same system?