Even though this may seem a basic question about patching, I want to clarify some items before blindly doing patches on production servers which are new installations of OES2 SP2a - 64 bit machines.

To install OES2 SP2a, I used the DVD for SLES 10 SP3 and then the Add-on CD for OES2.

When I look at catalogs, these both would not be available til, a DVD or CD is installed.
Is this going to cause me an issue with patching?
Is there a tid to help me change installation catalog sources if this is necessary?

Secondly,
What is really the best way to patch based upon your experience?
rug or using the Novell Updater icon?

Thirdly,
On my test box which was installed differently than the production boxes.
I installed SLES 10 SP3 and then installed OES2. So far, no patches have been applied.

Patch channels look different:
TEST:
TEST-fs:~ # rug sl

# | Status | Type | Name | URI
--+--------+------+-------------------------------------+-----------------------
1 | Active | ZYPP | SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3 | cd:///?devices=/dev...
2 | Active | ZYPP | Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 SP2 | iso:///?iso=OES2-SP...
3 | Active | NU | https://nu.novell.com | https://nu.novell.com

TEST-fs:~ # rug ca

Sub'd? | Name | Service
-------+-------------------------------------+------------------------------------
Yes | SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3 | SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3
Yes | Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 SP2 | Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 SP2
Yes | SLES10-SP3-Updates | https://nu.novell.com
Yes | SLES10-SP3-Pool | https://nu.novell.com
| SLES10-SP3-Online | https://nu.novell.com
| SLE10-SP3-Debuginfo-Updates | https://nu.novell.com
| SLE10-SP3-Debuginfo-Pool | https://nu.novell.com
| SLE10-SP3-Debuginfo-Online | https://nu.novell.com
Yes | OES2-SP2-Updates | https://nu.novell.com
Yes | OES2-SP2-Pool | https://nu.novell.com
| OES2-SP2-Online | https://nu.novell.com

PRODUCTION:
PROD1:~ # rug sl
Waking up ZMD...Done

# | Status | Type | Name | URI
--+--------+------+-------------------------------------+-----------------------
1 | Active | ZYPP | SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3 | cd:///?devices=/dev...
2 | Active | ZYPP | Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 SP2 | cd:///?alias=Novell...
3 | Active | NU | https://nu.novell.com | https://nu.novell.com

PROD1:~ #
PROD1:~ # rug ca

Sub'd? | Name | Service
-------+-------------------------------------+------------------------------------
Yes | SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3 | SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3
Yes | Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 SP2 | Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 SP2
Yes | SLES10-SP3-Updates | https://nu.novell.com
Yes | SLES10-SP3-Pool | https://nu.novell.com
| SLES10-SP3-Online | https://nu.novell.com
| SLE10-SP3-Debuginfo-Updates | https://nu.novell.com
| SLE10-SP3-Debuginfo-Pool | https://nu.novell.com
| SLE10-SP3-Debuginfo-Online | https://nu.novell.com

Thanks for any clarification or tips!!!

Lin