Network Policies in Kubernetes with Rancher

Network Policies in Kubernetes with Rancher


Kubernetes has become the cornerstone of container orchestration, offering solutions for managing complex containerised applications. However, with great power comes great responsibility, particularly when it comes to network security.

Network Policies in Kubernetes play a crucial role in controlling the flow of traffic within a cluster. In this post, we’ll delve into how to effectively manage and check these policies using Rancher, a popular Kubernetes management platform.

Understanding Network Policies in Kubernetes

Before we jump into Rancher, let’s first understand what Network Policies in Kubernetes are. Network Policies are Kubernetes resources that control the traffic flow between pods. They are crucial for ensuring that only the desired traffic can flow to and from your pods, enhancing your cluster’s security.

Why Rancher for Kubernetes Management?

Rancher simplifies Kubernetes cluster management. It provides a user-friendly UI and additional tools that make it easier to deploy, manage, and secure Kubernetes clusters, whether they’re on-premises or in the cloud.

Step 1: Accessing Your Cluster in Rancher

Log in to your Rancher dashboard and select the Kubernetes cluster you want to inspect. Rancher provides a consolidated view of all your resources, making it easy to navigate through different clusters and their components.

Step 2: Navigating to Network Policies

In the Rancher dashboard, look for the ‘Network Policies’ section under the ‘Resources’ tab. Here, you can view all the network policies applied to your cluster. This section gives you a clear overview of the policies, including their names, the namespaces they’re applied to, and other crucial details.

Step 3: Inspecting a Network Policy

To inspect a specific Network Policy, simply click on its name. Rancher provides detailed information about the policy, including the ingress and egress rules, the pods it affects (based on labels), and other settings. This detailed view is invaluable for understanding the impact of each policy on your cluster’s network traffic.

Step 4: Using kubectl for Detailed Inspection

For those who prefer the command line, Rancher also allows you to connect to your cluster using kubectl. Use kubectl get networkpolicies --all-namespaces to list all policies across all namespaces. For more details on a specific policy, kubectl describe networkpolicy <policy-name> -n <namespace> is your go-to command.

Best Practices for Managing Network Policies with Rancher

  1. Regular Audits: Regularly audit your network policies to ensure they reflect the current requirements of your applications.
  2. Least Privilege Principle: Apply the principle of least privilege, allowing only necessary traffic.
  3. Documentation: Keep documentation of your network policies for better team understanding and compliance purposes.
  4. Utilise Rancher’s Features: Take advantage of Rancher’s UI to quickly spot and rectify misconfigurations.


Managing network policies is a vital aspect of Kubernetes cluster administration, and Rancher significantly simplifies this task.

Whether you are a seasoned Kubernetes administrator or new to the platform, leveraging Rancher for network policy management can enhance your cluster’s security and streamline your workflow.

Remember, effective network policy management is key to maintaining a secure and efficient Kubernetes environment.

I have related posts here: – Connecting to a Kubernetes Cluster on Rancher with kubectl from Windows, Create a Kubernetes Cluster with Rancher.


Hi, my name is Stephen Finchett. I have been a software engineer for over 30 years and worked on complex, business critical, multi-user systems for all of my career. For the last 15 years, I have been concentrating on web based solutions using the Microsoft Stack including ASP.Net, C#, TypeScript, SQL Server and running everything at scale within Kubernetes.