laptop settings in a global office

Windows 7 software
2012 servers
Separate VLANs for each office
Connected via MPLS through Riverbeds.

Our office has some users with laptops that travel between our offices in Chicago and Shanghai.

What is the best way to manage the laptop and login settings to avoid slowness?

We have a login script that detects the DG of the office and sets drive letters accordingly.

What we are struggling with might have a lot to do with the printers loaded for the user in the far away office.

I guess it's hard for us to pinpoint where this lag occurs.

Does anyone have any pointers?

DFS isn't a possibility due to the large latency between Chicago and Shanghai. (We are connected via a dedicated MPLS)

I'm hoping this opens a discussion.
gpchicago08Asked:
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wdurrettCommented:
Hi.

1) make sure you set up active directory sites correctly
2) make sure there is a DC in each location (you can put a DC on your Steelheads)
3) use group policy to set printers based on location.
4) use your Steelheads to see all the traffic between your sites to find any rouge login items
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gpchicago08Author Commented:
thanks wdurrett

1) - sites in AD correct
2) - DC in each location
3) - This one is the one we may need to review.
4) - we will do this

anyone else have any ideas?
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SuncoreCommented:
+1 for this from @wdurrett

4) use your Steelheads to see all the traffic between your sites to find any rouge login items

View all the connections from the user that are established during the login process, work through each in turn - if there are any connections that are not optimized - then troubleshoot to see if optimization is possible.

You could also use the Steelhead local to the user to capture the traffic and use Riverbed Cascade Pilot (Evaluation available) to highlight any additional areas of concern with the connection.
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Natty GregIn Theory (IT)Commented:
no more comments necessary the two above nailed it,  unless you want to use the expensive fiber optics, lag will occur because the internet is the new information freeway. And your network will be as fast as your slowest device.
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gpchicago08Author Commented:
No other ideas
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