7.6 Frequently Asked Questions about Updating

This section contains the following information:

7.6.1 Do I apply all the patches in the catalogs? How do I know which patches to apply?

In OES 1, we recommended that all the patches in the channel be applied. However, in OES 2 the dependency checking has been improved to help you understand more about each patch listed in the catalogs.

Each patch has a category and a status associated with it. The categories state whether the patch is a security patch, a recommended patch, or an optional patch. The rug pch command shows whether the patch is needed or not needed and whether it has been applied. When you are using the Novell Updater, only the patches that are needed and have not been applied display in the list of patches.

Therefore, you can just apply all the security patches and wait to apply other patches that might change how a feature or product works.

7.6.2 How do I re-add the catalogs for OES 2 in my ZENworks Management Daemon configuration after removing one or more of them?

To re-add the catalogs and services needed for updating your version of OES 2 to the ZENworks Management Daemon configuration:

  1. Delete the /var/cache/SuseRegister/lastzmdconfig.cache file.:

    rm /var/cache/SuseRegister/lastzmdconfig.cache

  2. At the command line, enter

    suse_register -a email=email_address -a regcode-sles=SLES_registration_code -a regcode-oes=oes2_registration_code

    For example,

    suse_register -a email=joe@example.com -a regcode-sles=4adab769abc68 -a regcode-oes=30a74ebb94fa

    Performing this procedure removes the complete ZENworks Management Daemon configuration, then registers the server in the Novell Customer Center again. When you register the server in the Novell Customer Center again, it adds all the catalogs and services that are need for updating your version of OES 2.

7.6.3 What about YaST Online Update?

Novell supports two mechanisms for updating an OES 2 server:

  • The rug utility from a terminal prompt.

  • The Novell Updater from a GUI desktop.

However, some OES administrators prefer to use YaST Online Update (YOU) for updating OES 2 servers. Although YOU is not tested by OES 2 product testers, the only customer problems reported to Novell occur when someone tries to use both the rug-based methods and the YOU method in combination on the same server.

IMPORTANT:Whichever method (YOU or rug-based) you choose for a given OES 2 SP3 server, that method must be used exclusively for the life of the server.

For more information about using YOU to update your servers, see YaST Online Update in the SLES 10 Administration Guide.