A college and I are having trouble getting updates this morning, the
service seems to come and go for both SLES9 SP3 + OES1 SP2, from two
separate subnets on our campus, multiple machines.

Is there a place where Novell posts the status of the update service so
we can determine where the problem lies?

Just trying to list the service 'rug sl' sometimes returns nothing.
I've tried it on two different servers as well. The RC Gui does the
same, doesn't list the services or channels.