Create your own HTML formatted report – email

Today I would like to share with you one of the basic templates which I’m using for sending HTML reports via PowerShell. Article contains full description on how to prepare table and add to it user data gathered from Active Directory. Output will be send to your mailbox in nice HTML formatted report.

HTML formatted report

First we need to define columns names and add them to our table:

# Table name
$tabName = “Report”

# Create Table object
$table = New-Object system.Data.DataTable “$tabName”

# Define Columns
$col1 = New-Object system.Data.DataColumn "User name",([string])
$col2 = New-Object system.Data.DataColumn "Creation date",([string])
$col3 = New-Object system.Data.DataColumn "Last logon date",([string])
$col4 = New-Object system.Data.DataColumn "Locked",([string])
$col5 = New-Object system.Data.DataColumn "Last password reset",([string])
$col6 = New-Object system.Data.DataColumn "Enabled",([string])

# Add the Columns

After adding columns we have to query Active Directory for users information in foreach loop and add it in rows. For gathering user data I used Get-ADUser command:

# Input file
$users = Get-Content "D:\temp\userinput.txt"

ForEach ($user in $users ) 
        $userdata = (Get-ADUser -identity $user -properties displayname,created,lastlogondate,lockedout,passwordlastset,enabled ) 

        # Create a row
        $row = $table.NewRow()
        # Enter data in the row
        $row."User name" = ($userdata."displayname")
        $row."Creation date" = ($userdata."created")
        $row."Last logon date" = ($userdata."LastLogonDate")
        $row."Locked" = ($userdata."Lockedout")
        $row."Last password reset" = ($userdata."PasswordLastSet")
        $row."Enabled" = ($userdata.Enabled)

        # Add the row to the table

We have all information that we wanted and now we need to put them in nice HTML report.
Below you can find how to create head style and body:

# Creating head style
$Head = @"
  body {
    font-family: "Arial";
    font-size: 8pt;
    color: #4C607B;
  th, td { 
    border: 1px solid #e57300;
    border-collapse: collapse;
    padding: 5px;
  th {
    font-size: 1.2em;
    text-align: left;
    background-color: #003366;
    color: #ffffff;
  td {
    color: #000000;
  .even { background-color: #ffffff; }
  .odd { background-color: #bfbfbf; }

# Creating body
[string]$body = [PSCustomObject]$table | select -Property "User name","Enabled","Creation date","Last logon date","Locked","Last password reset" | sort -Property "User name"  | ConvertTo-HTML -head $Head -Body "<font color=`"Black`"><h4>User info report</h4></font>"     

Output is ready to be send to our mailbox. In email parameters you need to add your SMTP server, priority, subject etc.

Script will automatically send output to person who run the script – $mailsend.

# Setup email parameters
$subject = "User info report - " + $date
$priority = "Normal"
$smtpServer = ""
$emailFrom = ""
$mailsend = ((Get-ADUser -Identity $ENV:Username -Properties mail).mail ) 
$emailTo = $mailsend 
# Send the report email
Send-MailMessage -To $emailTo -Subject $subject -BodyAsHtml $body -SmtpServer $smtpServer -From $emailFrom -Priority $priority   




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