I'm trying to create a symbolic link with mklink through a Powershell script to a Powershell script on a remote server. this link should come on the desktop of all users.

if(!(test-path -path \$hostname\c$\Users)) { Copy-Item -Path "\dsfpad\Nagios\Nagios_Downtime\Nagios - Schedule Downtime.lnk" -Destination "\$hostname\c$\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\Nagios - Schedule Downtime.lnk" } else { $s=New-PSSession -ComputerName $hostname Enter-PSSession $s Invoke-Command -Session $s -ScriptBlock {& cmd /c mklink "C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Nagios - Schedule Downtime.lnk" "C:\WINDOWS\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe -file c:\Nagios\Nagios_Downtime_Window_NRDP.ps1"} exit-pssession
remove-pssession $s }

I get symbolic link created for C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Nagios - Schedule Downtime.lnk <<===>> C:\WINDOWS\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\po wershell.exe -file c:\Nagios\Nagios_Downtime_Window_NRDP.ps1

But when I try to execute the link on a server, it doesn't work. looking at the Target of the link, therer seems to be no target...

Any tips / ideas?

  • it seems when i dont't use C:\WINDOWS\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe -file in the target, I do get a target in the lnk file, but it does not execute the script...
    – willemdh
    Dec 10, 2013 at 11:43
  • Creating a symlink requires admin level on windows, and the link target must exist. There are multiple types of them, one is similar to hardlink, one is to bind-mounts, and the third is the normal symlink. You know: hope it helps :-)
    – peterh
    Dec 10, 2013 at 13:50

1 Answer 1


This post is quite old, but I would just create another .ps1 file that calls the requested .ps1 file:

In your case instead of

& cmd /c mklink "C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Nagios - Schedule Downtime.lnk" "C:\WINDOWS\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe -file c:\Nagios\Nagios_Downtime_Window_NRDP.ps1"

I would just use:

"& c:\Nagios\Nagios_Downtime_Window_NRDP.ps1" | Out-File "c:\temp\C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Nagios - Schedule Downtime_lnk.ps1"

If you cannot execute the file you can use -ExecutionPolicy Bypass (see below)

PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -File "c:\temp\C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Nagios - Schedule Downtime_lnk.ps1"


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