OpenSuse, XFS, Grub and upgrade errors

As many people may know, OpenSuse 10.3 will soon be going away. Many people have updated already to the 11.x series but there are a bunch of us that have been straggling behind. We have a pretty good reason why we haven’t upgraded. It is also the reason why we are very leary of performing kernel upgrades. Basically, if there is a kernel upgrade, we have to have one of us on site in the data center because there is a good chance, close to 80%, that the box will NOT come back up after updating the kernel due to grub errors.