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If you use StageNow 3.0 which has just been released, you can include an externally FTP-hosted file directly in the profile without needing to manipulate the exported XML i.e. it is supported as a standard feature of SN 3.0 :-)
Note that the URL format required in the FileMgr step is as follows:
Is SFTP supported for 3.0, because I saw in the bottom of the thread I linked that it is not yet implemented, but that was March 24
What MDM are you using? I would suggest distributing the ZIP through the MDM and then use just an MX profile for applying the update. In the case of SOTI you can even use a post-install script of install_system_update without having to involve StageNow or an MX profile.