Remote Install from Custom ISO

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http://askubuntu.com – I've googled around looking for an answer to this question, but can't seem to find it anywhere.. I'm doing a setup of quite a few VMs that will be running a customized version of Ubuntu using the Ubuntu Mini Remix CDs. What method could I go with to install this ISO remotely and simply uploading a tiny ISO that can run the installer? Or maybe even just download the specific packages that I need included? I'm trying to avoid PXE servers as much as possible, and have seen the Mini-ISO from Ubuntu but I can't see a way to customize the install. Any help is appreciated. Thanks! (HowTos)