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How to recognise a Parallels' virtual machine by its MAC address?

Summary

# Range or Prefix Vendor Virtual Machine
1 00:1C:42 Parallels Parallels Virtual Machine

OUIs registered by Parallels, Inc

There are 1 OUI registered by Parallels, Inc:

OUI Assignment Type
00:1C:42 MA-L

Detection Rule 1

Affects products: All Parallels products

Signature: OUI is 00:1C:42

Conditions

When a new virtual machine is created, Parallels generates a MAC address using its only registered OUI – 00:1C:42.

Parallels generates a MAC address using its only registered OUI – 00:1C:42

Example MACs generated

  • 00:1C:42:15:41:57
  • 00:1C:42:51:E1:25
  • 00:1C:42:82:CD:E5

Tested on

  • Parallels Desktop 14

Known Pattern 1

Affects products: All Parallels products

Signature: MAC matches the pattern:

  • x2-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx
  • x6-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx
  • xA-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx
  • xE-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx

Conditions

For the manually generated MAC-addresses, Parallels recommends using MAC address with OUI 00:1C:42.

Parallels recommends using MAC address with OUI 00:1C:42

However, it is possible to set a manually generated address, which is required to be LLA and Unicast. These two requirements encoded in bits, result in the following patterns:

  • x2-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx
  • x6-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx
  • xA-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx
  • xE-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx

If a MAC address matches the pattern, it does not necessary mean that it's a Parallels Virtual Machine.

All manually generated MAC addresses for the Parallels Virtual Machines which are not using the OUI 00:1C:42 match the pattern.

All manually generated MAC addresses for the Parallels Virtual Machines which are not using the OUI 00:1C:42 match the pattern.

References

Virtual Machine’s MAC ranges

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