Minishift can be run against an existing remote machine using vm-driver as generic. To use an existing machine with Minishift , it needs to be configured as follows:

CentOS7/RHEL7/Fedora(>26) are the suggested Linux distributions for this feature.

Lets assume that is the IP of remote machine which you want to run against Minishift.

Establish password-less SSH from the host to existing remote machine:

Host$ ssh-copy-id <user>@  // Make sure user have sudo access without password or use root
Host$ ssh <user>@  // Make sure this login without password

Prerequisite steps for configuring the existing machine:

Remote_Machine$ yum install -y docker net-tools firewalld
Remote_Machine$ systemctl start docker
Remote_Machine$ systemctl enable docker
Remote_Machine$ systemctl start firewalld
Remote_Machine$ systemctl enable firewalld

You also need to allow 2376, 8443, 80 tcp port on the machine from firewall to have communication from the host and 53, 8053 udp port to have containers access to OpenShift master API and DNS endpoints.

Determine the Docker bridge network container subnet:

docker network inspect -f "{{range .IPAM.Config }}{{ .Subnet }}{{end}}" bridge

Above command provide you subnet like:

firewall-cmd --permanent --add-port 2376/tcp --add-port 8443/tcp --add-port 80/tcp
firewall-cmd --permanent --new-zone minishift
firewall-cmd --permanent --zone minishift --add-source
firewall-cmd --permanent --zone minishift --add-port 53/udp --add-port 8053/udp
firewall-cmd --reload

Use the following to run Minishift against a remote machine:

Host$ minishift start --vm-driver generic --remote-ipaddress --remote-ssh-user <username> --remote-ssh-key <private_ssh_key>

The value of the --remote-ssh-key flag must be the location of a private SSH key on the host machine.