till someone who uses rpm-based distros writes back ...
if you see a .bz2 file with the kernel descrip, then you will have to work on that. i believe "rpm -Uvh" on a source rpm goes and just unzips and places it in the right dir.
the kernel gets installed if you had done it on a binary rpm, not one which was src rpm.
look at the redhat.com manuals, or the kernel-howto on tldp.org.
i had posted this too: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=122367
i wouldnt suggest following what i said (but maybe da_one's cos his is tried n tested?) until you have gone thro either suse or redhat manuals for installing kernel from src rpm (it wont be much different, if at all, but i dont want you getting stuck someplace and having a headache.)