Building a Home Lab – Part 3 – Benefits

It’s been a while since I made a post due to school and work, but I definitely wanted to finish the last part revolving around the benefits of building a home lab. Previously in Part 1, I talked about the history and hardware requirements to make a home lab. In Part 2, I talked about the design/functionality of a home lab, and now I will be talking about some of the overall benefits with running your own home lab. This post will be a bit wordy and contain a larger number of images to represent some of the technologies I have setup in my home lab environment.

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Active Directory – New Objects E-mail Report

Ever wondered if you could get daily reports of new objects that have joined the domain? If so you are in luck, there is a script I was able to obtain from ScriptVault sometime ago that will do basic reporting in a whole new level. I was initially intrigued by the description I knew it had to be something interested, so I proceeded to read through it before testing it out. Several modifications will need to be made so it can fully function in each domain, but once it’s ready it will run without any hiccups. The script will report on all objects created in Active Directory over the past day and email an HTML formatted report.

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