Where do I find the MAC address of my Surface Pro 3 Ethernet Adapter in order to use UEFI network boot ?

Introduction

If you use Configuration Manager 2012 R2 to image your Microsoft Surface Pro’s and use the Microsoft Surface Ethernet Adapter to do so, make sure you import the correct MAC address of the Surface Ethernet Adapter into Configuration Manager or you may receive the wrong boot image when you UEFI network boot.

Problem

The MAC address is no where to be found on the back of the Surface Ethernet Adapter. What you will see however is the serial number which just so happens to look like a MAC address. In the photo below you can see a Surface Ethernet Adapter (100mbit, model 1552) sitting above a Lenovo USB 3.0 Ethernet Adapter, one clearly shows the MAC address, one does not.

Note: Both Surface Ethernet Adapters look similar part from the model number

  • model 1552 (100mb)
  • model 1663 (Gigabit)

photo

Solution

Plug the Surface Ethernet Adapter into a Windows computer and let Windows update install the needed drivers or get them from here. Once done, do an ipconfig /all to see what ip address information (including MAC address) you have,  look for a description matching Surface Ethernet Adapter as shown below, directly beneath that you have the MAC address of your dongle:-

C:\Windows\system32>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

   Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : SERVER2012R2
   Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . : server2008r2.lab.local
   Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
   IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
   WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
   DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : server2008r2.lab.local

Ethernet adapter Ethernet:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . : server2008r2.lab.local
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Surface Ethernet Adapter
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 60-45-BD-FB-50-EB
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
   Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::4a6:c5bb:aa6a:a31e%14(Preferred)
   IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.18(Preferred)
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
   Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Tuesday, September 9, 2014 2:35:48 PM
   Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Friday, September 19, 2014 3:58:02 PM
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.199
   DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
   DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 234886493
   DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-1B-A0-94-6E-00-15-5D-00-AC-23

   DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
   NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

 

I’ve highlighted the MAC address above in red, import that plus the computer name into Configuration Manager and get imaging !

Or indeed, (thanks Trevor for reminding me) use PowerShell, the Get-NetAdapter cmdlet will help:

Get-NetAdapter

Name                      InterfaceDescription                    ifIndex Status       MacAddress             LinkSpeed
—-                      ——————–                    ——- ——       ———-             ———
Ethernet 3                Surface Ethernet Adapter               26 Up           60-45-BD-FB-50-EB       100 Mbps

 

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cheers

niall.

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