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RKE2 (Rancher Government) requirements

Verify system requirements​

Although Calico Cloud checks that your cluster meets System requirements, verifying now can save you time troubleshooting.


Verify RKE2 settings​

  1. Verify you have a compatible RKE2 cluster, with 2.6.5 or later

  2. On your RKE2 cluster, configure the plugin setting to: no CNI plugin using any of the following methods. For help, see Configure your cluster with a CNI plugin.


If you have a Calico open source cluster, you must manually install Calico before you can connect it to Calico Cloud. Why? RKE2 clusters can be created without a CNI, and Calico Cloud requires a CNI.

Verify IAM permissions​

Verify that your user account has IAM permissions to create Kubernetes ClusterRoles, ClusterRoleBindings, Deployments, Service Accounts, and Custom Resource Definitions. The easiest way to grant permissions is to assign the "Kubernetes Service Cluster Admin Role” to your user account. For help, see RKE access control.

Need help connecting your cluster?​

Troubleshooting checklist