Managing symbolic links

After enabling symbolic links, you can create or delete them from the Windows command prompt or a POSIX command line.

Create symbolic links using the Windows mklink command on an SMB2 client or the ln command from a POSIX command-line interface. For example, an administrator may want to give a user named User1 access to a file named File1.doc in the /ifs/data/ directory without giving specific access to that directory by creating a link named Link1:

mklink \ifs\home\users\User1\Link1 \ifs\data\Share1\File1.doc

When you create a symbolic link, it is designated as a file link or directory link. Once the link is set, the designation cannot be changed. You can format symbolic link paths as either relative or absolute.

To delete symbolic links, use the del command in Windows, or the rm command in a POSIX environment.

Keep in mind that when you delete a symbolic link, the target file or directory still exists. However, when you delete a target file or directory, a symbolic link continues to exist and still points to the old target, thus becoming a broken link.