RHEL 5.5 x64 -> Three Failed Login Attempts

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http://www.linuxquestions.org – Good morning. For the last day or so I've been trying to trouble shoot my /etc/pam.d/system-auth file. I have new requirements to have the user accounts locked after 3 failed login attempts. I've been able to implement the changes but for some reason when I do a #passwd -S <username> the user does not show locked even though I can not login as the user. The script seems to be working but I need to be able to unlock the user which I can not seem to be able to do. I have the script locking the user out after 3 failed attempts for 15mins. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.. C (HowTos)