Originally Posted by MensaWater
Why bother with passwords at all? RH9 is so old that no security fixes have been made for it in years so the average hacker probably has easy access to the system anyway. You really need to move to something more recent for a Production system. If they don't want to pay subscription fees for RHEL they can use CentOS which is based on RHEL source.
Anyway the way it worked in that old system (which uses a 2.4. kernel) is probably very different than the way it works in more modern systems.
What you might do instead of letting 30-40 users all change their passwords at the start of a training class is create a script that sets a new password for those 30-40 users all at once.
Unfortunately I dont have a choice on the password requirement. I am currently in the process of upgrading all of the proprietary software to run on RHEL 6, but it wont be ready for a year or two. The cost of the subscription fees dont have anything to do with it, its just that the system was so stable for years that no one would touch it.