Mounting your Nikhef home directory using SSH

by Jan Just Keijser (


With SSH access to Nikhef ( it is possible to mount your home directory at Nikhef as a Windows share on your local computer, at home or whenever you are away from the office. This tutorial tries to explain how you can set up these Windows shares on Windows Vista/7/8 and Windows 10.

Note:You can also do this on older version of Windows, such as 2000/XP/2003. Links to the legacy tutorial for this are below.

Of course it is also possible and much easier to do this on Linux, but that is not the aim of this HOWTO ;-)

For this tutorial you will need PuTTY v0.58+, an excellent and free implementation of SSH for Windows. It is also possible to use other SSH clients on Windows, as long as SSH port-forwarding is available.
The concept behind mounting shares using SSH is this:
This tutorial has been tested on Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10: and for Windows 2000/XP/Vista the following legacy tutorial pages are available:
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