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Old 11-14-2013
Not able to set password

I have a Solaris-10 non global zone, on which I am not able to reset password, while counts are matching in /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow. I tried searching its solution in various forums, but nothing is working
# id -a oemagent
uid=56605(oemagent) gid=56595(tess) groups=56595(tess)
# passwd -s oemagent
oemagent  PS    08/27/13     7    56     7
# passwd oemagent
New Password:
Re-enter new Password:
passwd: Unexpected failure. Password database unchanged.
Permission denied
# pwconv
pwconv: Unexpected failure. Conversion not done.
# wc -l /etc/passwd /etc/shadow
      28 /etc/passwd
      28 /etc/shadow
      56 total

I am in run-level 3 and all services are up in svcs
# 2  
Old 11-14-2013
passwd -r files username

I do not know how nis is configured but try the above.
# 3  
Old 11-15-2013
I would look at the permissions on the following files; /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow.I would also look at the these files to see if there any setting causing the issue
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