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The symbolic link points to an external hard drive on the Mac.

When I access the symbolic link from the Windows machine, I get an access denied error.

What do I need to do so that I can get to the external hard drive attached to my Mac through the symbolic link when I map it to my Windows machine?

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Windows doesn't access symlinks how *nix and Mac do, to get around this you'll need to create a symlink using MKLINK

MKLINK [[/D] | [/H] | [/J]] Link Target

        /D      Creates a directory symbolic link.  Default is a file
                symbolic link.
        /H      Creates a hard link instead of a symbolic link.
        /J      Creates a Directory Junction.
        Link    specifies the new symbolic link name.
        Target  specifies the path (relative or absolute) that the new link
                refers to.
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