Packages and Patches Updates

After installed the SLED 11 R2, went to YaST2 → Support → two choices relevant:

  1. Novell Customer Center Configuration and

  2. Support (floating ring icon)

If I select the Novell Customer Center Configuration–> fill in my registered email → Browser starts checking the available packages. It then returns message: Software repositories did not to be changed.

But if I select the Support icon → Open Novell Support Center → Novell Patch Finder → SLED 11 R2 → It returns a long list of the current patches (Some are mandatory, others recommended).

It looks like there is no package to update, but there are patches available for updates. For such a long list of patches, is there a better and more efficient way for me to update them? (rather than download and update one by one)

Either YaST online update (You), the packagekit update icon which
runs from time to time or via the commandline;

zypper ref
zypper lu
zypper up

Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 (x86_64) Kernel 3.0.38-0.5-default
up 1 day 22:11, 2 users, load average: 0.47, 0.52, 0.51
CPU Intel i5 CPU M520@2.40GHz | Intel Arrandale GPU

this sounds a bit like the registration did not succeed. Unfortunately the frontend is not very good at showing you the error message. what is the output of:

egrep -o -- '<subscription.*>' /root/.suse_register.log