I have applied patch "kernel-bigsmp-2.6.5-7.282.i586.rpm" to a live OES
Linux sp2 server with DNS, DHCP, edirectory, Novell Cluster and all other
core components.

The patch was applied firstly under YaST - this listed inconsistency with
Novell Clustering Service and as a result I downgraded the cluster service
from 1.82-33 to v 1.80-20050302. The patch seemed to have updated
correctly. However when checking the kernel version (using uname), it
hadn't changed after a reboot.

I then reapplied the patch but used xconsole. The extracts of the commands
and output is listed below;

"nyc:/usr/novell/sys # rpm -Uvh kernel-bigsmp-2.6.5-7.282.i586.rpm
Preparing... ########################################### [100%]
1:kernel-bigsmp ########################################### [100%]
Setting up /lib/modules/2.6.5-7.282-bigsmp
Root device: /dev/hda2 (mounted on / as reiserfs)
Module list: reiserfs

Kernel image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.5-7.282-bigsmp
Initrd image: /boot/initrd-2.6.5-7.282-bigsmp
Shared libs: lib/ld-2.3.3.so lib/libblkid.so.1.0 lib/libc.so.6
lib/libselinux.so.1 lib/libuuid.so.1.2
Modules: kernel/fs/reiserfs/reiserfs.ko
Including: udev
Bootsplash: SuSE-SLES (1024x768)
Using grub, re-install of bootloader not required.
nyc:/usr/novell/sys"

The xconsole command looks to have updated the kernel.

I two questions, first was I right to downgrade the cluster service?
Second, what is the correct method of running kernel patches?

Thanks for your suggestions.