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Customize Directory Access for File Transfers

By default, users can access all local files and directories allowed by their Windows login credentials. Use the SFTP Directories pane to customize user directory access and to configure virtual directory names.

Note: This procedure configures directory access for SFTP and SCP2 file transfers. To ensure that users don't access additional files using SCP1, clear Allow SCP1 on the Permissions pane.

To customize directory access for SFTP and SCP2 file transfers

  1. Start the server console, and then click Configuration.
  2. Click SFTP Directories.
  3. Click Add.

    The Accessible Directory Settings dialog box opens.

  4. Specify the following settings:


    Do this

    Virtual directory

    Enter the directory name that you want your users to see; for example, Downloads.

    Physical directory

    Enter the actual directory path; for example, C:\Users\Downloads.

    To configure specific directories, use any of the following pattern strings as part or all of the physical directory name:




    The user's User profile folder .




    The user's Home folder.




    The user's login name.




    The user's domain name and login in the format domain.username.

  5. Click OK.

    Click File > Save.


  • Use UNC paths to specify directories on remote servers; mapped drives are not supported.
  • Do not use %u or %U to point to a location within a user's Windows profile folder. Neither of these options works correctly for this purpose. Use these options to create your own user-specific locations in some other location, for example on a shared network file server. For details, see Pattern Strings in Directory Paths.

Related Topics

Specify the User Login Directory

Virtual Root Directories in Reflection for Secure IT

Secure File Transfer

Access Control Settings

Permissions Pane

Accessible Directory Settings Dialog Box

Working with Subconfigurations