Settings in sshd_config affect the SSH server (which runs as a dæmon process, hence the “d” suffix in sshd). i.e. settings here affect people attempting to log in to the computer that the sshd_config file is on. You may also need to restart SSH for changes here to take effect, typically with something like:
Also, strict_mode="no" is the correct setting to turn it off, according to a Google search: https://engineering.purdue.edu/ECN/m...er/000965.html
Client-side settings live in the ssh_config file instead.