December 22, 2000, 12:00 AM — Reader Palmer B. has a Windows 2000 question:
"I need to locate the MAC address of my NIC card. So far, I have been
able to find out about a program in the Windows 2000 Resource Kit that
will display the MAC address for you. However, I don't really need the
Resource Kit -- I just need to find my MAC address. Do you know of a
way to get the MAC address without buying the Resource Kit?"
Several different methods can locate the MAC (Medium Access Control)
address in Windows 2000. The easiest way being to open the Command
Prompt, type ipconfig/all, and press Enter. The resulting data string
labeled 'Physical Address' is the MAC address. By the way, the
Resource Kit utility used to find the MAC address (getmac.exe) is
free. Go to ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/ResKit/win2000/ and download
getmac.zip. Unzip getmac.exe to your folder of choice and then run it
from the Command Prompt window.
While visiting the site, you may notice Microsoft offers quite a few
free Resource Kit utilities. Download some and take a look. You may
find you can use many of them.