Deployment of an ear file with the Application Server Control usually required to have the ear file on your local host.
Very often this is not the case as your Application Server machine will be humming in the Data Center while you sit comfortable behind your PC or laptop.
But I just found out that the ASC offers a new functionality: specify the location on the host where the ASC is running.
The following screen shot shows this - while I was deploying the Wiki of the Oracle WebCenter:
It even gets better - during the deployment instead of the small clock the messages are displayed: