What is the best way to install a bunch of software distribution packages at one time? I need to be able to manage multiple configurations (e.g. different software packages for different groups of clients; these "groups" are actually computer labs and classrooms in my environment). Scheduled Tasks can only schedule a max of 3 packages, so that won't work. I could set up distribution packages that have dependencies of all of the other packages that I want installed, but that seems rather sloppy.
In addition I have another minor problem. I have two main distribution methods that I use; standard push distribution via http packages, and a run from the network installations via UNC. The run from the network option is much faster for large packages like Adobe and Office. For my environment, time is crucial for deployment (we need tobe ready before the start of each college semester). Can I schedule multiple packages with different distribution methods somehow, or will I have to standardize every package to run from the network using UNC all because a couple of large applications can only be deployed in a timely manner this way?
Any suggestions would be wonderful. Thanks in advance!