Successfully changing the MAC address in VMware

I have been fighting with VMware Workstation 7.1.4 for the past day trying to change the MAC address of a Windows guest virtual machine. I tried a number of recommendations from around the web, but the one that finally worked was setting a static MAC address as follows:

  1. Edit your “<vmname>.vmx” file with a text editor like Notepad.
  2. Determine if you have a line similar to the following:
  3. If so, change it to the following.  If not, just add the following line:
  4. Then add the following line, where each two-digit number can be any legitimate hex value, e.g. 00 through FF:

This solution was found here, along with another solution that did not work for me.