Configure Access to Files on the Web Edition Server

If you made no modifications to the default SFTP directories settings in the Reflection for Secure IT Server, the Server files list shows the contents of the default Home directory. You can use Reflection for Secure IT to customize the list of directories that users see. These can be local directories, directories on remote servers, or a combination of both. You can configure directory access to all users, or create subconfigurations to customize access for particular users or groups.


  • The directories available to Web Edition users are limited by the rights of the user you specify for Web Edition user access account when you configure the Reflection for Secure IT Server.
  • Transfer Client users have access only to directories that you explicitly make available. They do not have access to other directories, even if these directories are available to the Web Edition user access account.

To configure access to local directories

  1. On the Web Edition server, start the Reflection for Secure IT console (Start > All Programs > Attachmate Reflection > Reflection SSH Server Configuration).
  2. From the Configuration tab, click SFTP Directories in the left panel.
  3. Click Add and configure the directory settings in the Accessible Directories Settings dialog box.
    • For Virtual directory, specify the directory name you want users to see in the Transfer Client's Server files list.
    • For Local or UNC directory, specify the actual physical location of this directory. (Variables are supported in these paths as described below.)
    • (optional) Set upload or download permissions for this directory.
  4. Save your settings (File > Save Settings).

Using variables in Directory Paths

The following pattern strings are available for configuring the Local or UNC directory. The resulting paths for Transfer Client users are shown here:


Default Home folder. For Web Edition users this is:


This directory is created the first time a user logs into the Reflection for Secure IT Server if it doesn't already exist.


For Web Edition users this is equivalent to %D.


The user ID. This directory must already exist.

Caution: Do not use %u if you have users in multiple domains. If users in different domains have the same user ID, both users will have access to the same location. In this case, use %U (uppercase) to ensure unique pathnames.


The domain name and user ID in the format domain.username. This directory must already exist.

For Web Edition users who have been added to the default Reflection directory, the domain is Reflection. For example, for the external user whose UserID is "Mary":


resolves to: