8.8. Generating a New Unique MAC Address

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In some cases you will need to generate a new and unique MAC address for a guest virtual machine. There is no command line tool available to generate a new MAC address at the time of writing. The script provided below can generate a new MAC address for your guest virtual machines. Save the script on your guest virtual machine as Now from that directory you can run the script using ./ and it will generate a new MAC address. A sample output would look like the following:
$ ./
# script to generate a MAC address for guest virtual machines
import random
def randomMAC():
	mac = [ 0x00, 0x16, 0x3e,
		random.randint(0x00, 0x7f),
		random.randint(0x00, 0xff),
		random.randint(0x00, 0xff) ]
	return ':'.join(map(lambda x: "%02x" % x, mac))
print randomMAC()

8.8.1. Another Method to Generate a New MAC for Your Guest Virtual Machine

You can also use the built-in modules of python-virtinst to generate a new MAC address and UUID for use in a guest virtual machine configuration file:
# echo  'import virtinst.util ; print\
 virtinst.util.uuidToString(virtinst.util.randomUUID())' | python
# echo  'import virtinst.util ; print virtinst.util.randomMAC()' | python
The script above can also be implemented as a script file as seen below.
#!/usr/bin/env python
#  -*- mode: python; -*-
print ""
print "New UUID:"
import virtinst.util ; print virtinst.util.uuidToString(virtinst.util.randomUUID())
print "New MAC:"
import virtinst.util ; print virtinst.util.randomMAC()
print ""
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