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A server of ours recently crashed that was running RH9. I have backups of everything and was wondering how to restore user account & passwords.. is it as easy as copying over the old passwd & shadow files? Or is there another way?
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"is it as easy as copying over the old passwd & shadow files?"

Yes & no. While this will restore your user accounts, it wont create your users home directories. I would run "useradd user" for every account (you could always write a script to do this) and then copy the password & shadow (& group) files accross.
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