NST5100

AWexpress is Westphal’s storage server. Cinema & Television students utilize the CineTV_Classes drive to submit projects and the CineTV_Students drive to share files between other students. (These can both be found in “My Computer.”) Read the encoding guide to properly create media for the Western Digital boxes in the CineTV theaters.

To request access, have your instructor shoot an email to Support.Westphal [at] Drexel.edu  with your name, drexel username, and what class you need access for to access the CineTV shares.

Do not upload copyrighted material as it will be deleted and you will suffer the consequences of breaching Drexel’s AUP.

Accessing AWexpress Server with Mac OSX


  1. VPN Into Drexel if you are offsite via Cisco AnyConnect VPN. You must use VPN if you are not connected to Drexel’s network. The server will refuse your request.
    1. Install Cisco AnyConnect (If applicable)
      1. In your web browser, navigate to VPN.Drexel.edu
        1. Group = DrexelVPN
        2. Username = Your Drexel ABC123 username
        3. Password = Your Drexel CAS password
      2. On the left hand side, click Start AnyConnect to install Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client
        1. A weblaunch window will pop up. Please follow any special instructions if it asks you to manually install.
    2. Connect to the Drexel VPN by launching Cisco Anyconnect Secure Mobility Client located in Applications -> Cisco
      1. An AnyConnect VPN: window will pop up, enter VPN.Drexel.edu
      2. A “Please enter your username and password window” will pop up, enter in the following
        1. Group = DrexelVPN
        2. Username = Your Drexel ABC123 username
        3. Password = Your Drexel CAS password
  2. Log Into the AWExpress Server
    1. Click the Finder icon on the dock
    2. On the top taskbar, click Go -> Connect to Server
    3. Under Server Address, enter smb://awexpress.westphal.drexel.edu
    4. Click Connect
    5. For your Username, enter Drexel\ followed by your drexel abc123 username
    6. For your password, enter your DrexelOne password
    7. Click Connect
  3. Choose the proper drive, CineTV_Students , CineTV_Classes or CineTV_Faculty
  4. Navigate through AWExpress like any other hard drive
  5. Eject the drive when done
    1. Drag the icon on the desktop over the eject sign like any other external hard drive
  6. Disconnect from the Drexel VPN (If applicable)
    1. There will be a which circle and lock icon on your top task bar, click it and choose Disconnect

Accessing AWexpress with Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, 8, & 10


  1. VPN Into Drexel if you are offsite via Cisco AnyConnect VPN. You must use VPN if you are not connected to Drexel’s network. The server will refuse your request.
    1. Install Cisco AnyConnect (If applicable)
      1. In your web browser, navigate to VPN.Drexel.edu
        1. Group = DrexelVPN
        2. Username = Your Drexel ABC123 username
        3. Password = Your Drexel CAS password
      2. On the left hand side, click Start AnyConnect to install Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client
        1. A weblaunch window will pop up. Please follow any special instructions if it asks you to manually install.
    2. Connect to the Drexel VPN by launching Cisco Anyconnect Secure Mobility Client located in the start menu
      1. An AnyConnect VPN: window will pop up, enter VPN.Drexel.edu
      2. A “Please enter your username and password window” will pop up, enter in the following
        1. Group = DrexelVPN
        2. Username = Your Drexel ABC123 username
        3. Password = Your Drexel CAS password
    3. Log into the AWexpress Server
      1. Click on Start, select Run and type in \\awexpress.westphal.drexel.edu 
        1. Alternatively, you can go to any windows explorer window and enter in \\awexpress.westphal.drexel.edu
      2. Click the appropriate share you want to access
      3. For your Username, enter DREXEL\ and then your drexel abc123 username
      4. For your password, enter your Drexel CAS password
    4. Disconnect from the Drexel VPN
      1. There will be a circle and lock icon on your bottom task bar, click it and choose Disconnect

Accessing AWexpress with iPhone via Goodreader


  1. Purchase Goodreader for your iPhone
  2. If you are offsite, VPN into Drexel with your iPhone. You must use VPN if you are not connected to Drexel’s network. The server will refuse your request and act like it’s broken.
  3. Add the AWExpress server to Goodreader (if applicable)
    1. Launch Goodreader
    2. Tap Web Downloads
    3. In the Web downloads menu, tap Connect to Servers
    4. At the Connect to Servers menu, scroll down to Create New Connection to:  and choose SMB Server
    5. At the SMB Server page, enter the following
      1. Readable Title: AWExpress
      2. Network address: awexpress.westphal.drexel.edu
      3. User: Enter your Drexel ABC 123 username
      4. Password: Enter your DrexelOne password
      5. Click Save when complete
    6. Scroll back to the main menu by tapping the back button to Web Downloads, then  tap GoodReader in the top left corner
  4. Access to AWexpress server
    1. Tap Web Downloads
    2. Tap Connect to Servers
    3. Choose AWExpress
    4. Click the blue arrow appropriate share you want to access
    5. To navigate, tap the blue arrow to open a folder, to go back tap the black back button in the top left corner
    6. To download a folder or file…
      1. Tap the folder/file, and tap the Download button in the bottom right corner
      2. Choose the location where you want to download the file/folder and then tap Download folder here or Download file here respectively.

Accessing AWexpress through a web browser VPN


  • Launch a web browser and go to VPN.Drexel.edu
  • At the Login screen, make sure the GROUP: is DrexelVPN
  • Enter your drexel username and password in the appropriate fields and then click Login
  • At the next Drexel VPN screen, you will notice an Address Bar where you will change the dropdown menu to CIFS://
  • Enter in AWexpress.westphal.drexel.edu in the Address Bar and then press Browse
  • Choose the appropriate share on AWexpress by clicking the name
  • Use the buttons underneath the Address Bar to navigate and perform tasks