I'll start by specifying I'm not in the Sysadmin team at work, I work in another building with a small team and we are the "special cases". So they gave me full admin on our servers but I have no knowledge/power on the rest.

I have two servers, let's call them A and B.


  • Windows Server 2016
  • 35 TB of hard drives
  • Local network


  • Windows Server 2016
  • 200 GB
  • Behind firewalls, loadbalancers and such
  • OpenSSH (Only port 22 is open)
  • Mapped drive to server A on N:

I'm trying to let someone access the files on A by using sftp to server B. I tried symbolic links but it can't locate the folder when using WinSCP. I can't put the files on B since we have about 30 TB of data.

Any ideas? Thank you

  • Is the OpenSSH server running as a service? In what context is the network drive mapped? – eKKiM Mar 1 at 15:00
  • Welcome to ServerFault. Mapping a drive to a letter often gets messy. For example, it might be mapped for an interactive user, but not for a service account. Try referring to the files directory on A via a UNC path instead of a letter drive. That is, as \\A\ShareName\Directory\ , not as N:\Directory. – Doug Deden Mar 1 at 15:20
  • @DougDeden I get an error 4 if I change the symbolic link to the UNC, ssh stops working if I use it on the ChrootDirectory config. – James McGrath Mar 1 at 15:35
  • @eKKiM The OpenSSH is running as local admin... I'll try switching it to the ssh user. – James McGrath Mar 1 at 15:36

Thanks to @eKKiM for the hint!

I couldn't run the service as the wanted SSH user, but by using the method used here : https://stackoverflow.com/a/7867064/3549186 I created a task to map the drive as the local System account and for the SSH user.

The symbolic link works perfectly now.

  • Could you flag that as an answer? – Daniel Mar 19 at 23:15

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