I would like to me able to make changes to the Windows file system in several locations simultaneously, for example so as to make the same manual changes to two load-balanced web servers*. I'd like to do this in a graphical fashion, so something like a multiple folder version of Explorer would be just the trick. Does anything like this exist?
Ideally the number of and nature of locations would be configurable, differences between the locations would be highlighted, for example as in a graphical diff tool, and optionally I could be warned about any potentially unexpected consequences of my actions! Those would be the icing on the cake, though.
To be clearer: although you could probably achieve the same end result by making changes in one place and then synchronising with the others, I'd like a less faffy and less potentially bandwidth-hogging method.
EDIT To be clearerer: I can see that some kind of revision-control-based system could work to fulfil some of the requirements of this, it's really an ad-hoc graphical tool that I'm after - I want it to be as easy as possible, and I don't want to have to prepare the environment carefully in advance. I'm not trying to solve the general problem with alternative solutions. It sounds like a tool like this doesn't exist, possibly because it's not exactly best practice, and not hard to overcome the problems with a bit of work in another way. Thanks for the help!
I'm using Windows Server 2003, XP, and Vista, generally, although I'd be interested in the existence of such tools in a wider context.
*Just an example, I know that typically things like this could be done simply with a script.