It would be nice for Sophos to have an offline installation. A number of remote sites in my case have very poor internet connectivity and having the installation files download during the installation process is tedious and unsuccessful in some cases.
An option for the Central installer to use locally cached data is being looked at.
Stephen Higgins commented
This feature already exists in the form of the Sophos Deployment Packager tool. You can packed up a CID with or without the full AV solution, If you package it up without the full AV package this it becomes just the SAU, RMS an bootstrap process only. At About 20Mb it should be easy to deploy with the added feature of having a SAUConf.xml file to limit the bandwidth during this initial download.
Michael Nehring commented
I would also like this would have made my deployment go faster.
Henrique Castro commented
Device responsible for installing on other machines on the network and distributing updates