Home lab management techniques?

Hello,

I am in the process of building my home lab. 2x 3560, 2x 3550, 1x3750 breakout + GNS3. What kind of strategies are all of you using for managing your home lab? Any tips and tricks you can suggest?

For example, I've seen some people setup management vlans between all of their gear for access from their home network. What about for quickly changing configs? Do you store the configs in flash on each device or just TFTP them all down from your mangement vlan as you need them? Do you use scripts for this or just do it manually? 

I've browsed through many of the blogs linked through IEOC and have received lots of helpful information already, I just want to make sure I'm not reinventing the wheel or missing out on any strategies that could save me a lot of time.

Thanks.

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