Thursday, August 18, 2005

How to patch SLES9 and OES Linux

Knowing how to correctly update your Novell/SUSE Linux system is crucial in keeping the system healthy and up to date. Different distributions use different update technologies to provide updates.

Guide to patching Novell / SUSE Linux Distributions

  • Novell Open Enterprise Server
OES is updated using Red Carpet/rug. YaST Online Update is not used to update OES.

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
SLES is updated officially using YaST Online Update (YOU). In order to update via YOU, a current maintenance contract is required.

Access to updates via YOU is gained through the SUSE Portal at SUSE Portal accounts can be created for free off the Portal home page. Once an account is created, products can be activated by clicking the Manage Registrations link.

YOU is run by starting YaST and then selecting Software > Online Update.
  • Novell Linux Small Business Suite 9
NLSBS is updated using Red Carpet/rug. Inside of Red Carpet/rug, apply updates to keep the system current.
  • Novell Linux Desktop 9
NLD 9 is updated with Red Carpet/rug using the update functionality.

More documents:
How to register and receive updates

Patching Open Enterprise Server Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Checking for a support pack on a Linux Desktop or Server

Updating SUSE Linux Enterprise 9 - A list of YOU Servers

How to Mirror OES Server Patches with ZENworks Linux Management

Updating Open Enterprise Server

Subscribing to Channels in OES

OES Patch Channel not visible

Patching OES Linux when just using SLES9 without OES services with YOU

rug / Red Carpet FAQ

ZLM - ZENworks Linux Management
Red Carpet - SUSE Linux Update Utility - GUI
rug - Red Carpet command line Upgrade Utilty
YOU - YaST Online Update
YaST - Yet another Support Tool


The URL for OES updates is

To see if the OES service is already added, enter rug service-list at the terminal.

If the OES service isn't present, add it with rug sa

See TID 10097537 (rug / Red Capet FAQ) for more information on Patching OES linux with rug.

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