Rancher connect to kubernetes instead of start kubernetes

Rancher is designed (as best as I can tell) to own and run a kubernetes cluster. Rancher does provide a configuration so that kubectl can interact w/ the kubernetes cluster. Rancher seems like a nice tool. But as far as I can tell, there is no way to connect to an existing kubernetes cluster. Is there any way to do this?

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There is not, most of the value we can add at the moment is around configuring, managing, and controlling access to the installation we setup.

The access control is not negated by connecting to an existing cluster. The users would, of course, be responsible for locking down direct access to the cluster. This can be done.

I also see tremendous value in the gui aspect which provides visualization and speed of access and manipulation.

Please consider making it possible to decouple the cluster creation and management. It would broaden your user base and strengthen the product.