Thanks. I've given up on RHEL 5.6.
Since all services work on Centos 6.0 I've backed up the data, have a kvm hooked up and will do as follows:
1) do the perfect server 6.0 guide.
2) shut down mysql restore the data from dbispconfig
3) Start mysql, restart the web server and hopefully be in business.
isn aka SEP from ITRC forums