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What is vmware-authd.exe?

Part of VMware Workstation by VMware

What is it?

VMware Authorization Service for VMware Workstation is a hypervisor that enables users to set up multiple virtual machines (VMs) and use them simultaneously along with the actual machine. Each virtual machine can execute its own operating system, such as Microsoft Windows. VMware Workstation allows one physical machine to run multiple operating systems simultaneously.
Description of vmware-authd.exe from VMware
VMware Workstation provides a seamless way to access all of the virtual machines you need, regardless of where they are running. Remotely connect to virtual machines running on VMware vSphere, ESXi or another copy of VMware Workstation. Workstation’s web interface lets you access local and server hosted virtual machines from your PC, smart phone, tablet or any device with a modern browser.
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How does vmware-authd.exe run?

Service - vmware-authd.exe runs as a background Windows service (VMAuthdService). This service runs as the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.4% of all Boost users have the vmware-authd.exe process running.Of the 0.4% of vmware-authd.exe users, 12.5% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is vmware-authd.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00001% CPU87.7%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
          4.65 MB RAM21.6%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 2 /min0.1%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
     5 context switches/sec5.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\vmware\vmware workstation\vmware-authd.exe

Are there other versions of VMware Workstation?

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by VMware Workstation.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 8 Pro (6.2.9200.0)

About VMware, Inc.

VMware, Inc. provides virtualization solutions. Its virtualization platform products include Player that enables individuals to run virtual machines on their de More...
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File details

File name: vmware-authd.exe
Publisher: VMware, Inc. (verified)
Name: VMware Workstation
Description: VMware Authorization Service
Version: 9.0.2 build-1031769
Size: 85.08 KB
Original file name: vmware-authd.exe

Digital certificate

Issued to: VMware
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 9/11/2007
Expiration date: 10/30/2010

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0000471973%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000384315%
User CPU: 0.00000876582830%
Privileged CPU time: 51906.25 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 10 ms
CPU cycle count: 1,859,193,837
CPU cycle count /min: 84,736,239
Context switches /sec: 5
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 88.39 MB
Peak committed memory: 92.34 MB
Paged memory: 4.65 MB
Peak paged memory: 4.79 MB
Paged system memory: 153.71 KB
Non-paged system memory: 20.72 KB
Working set memory: 4.09 MB
Peak working set memory: 9.26 MB
Min working set memory: 3.47 MB
Private memory: 4.65 MB
Page faults: 357,822
Page faults /min: 68
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 1
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 130.62 KB
Read transfer /min: 26 Bytes
Total write operations: 1
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 512 Bytes
Write transfer /min: 0 Bytes
Total other operations: 137,444
Other operations /min: 26
Total other transfer: 9.18 MB
Other Transfer /min: 1.79 KB
Handle count average: 241
Thread count average: 7
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: System
Windows platform: 64-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\Vmware\vmware-authd.exe"

Service details

Name: VMAuthdService

Network connectivity

TCP: localhost on port 912

Image hashes

MD5: c740cc9d52eb278a86f42075da96cb19
SHA-1: d17dbe0f0632a23df0f5966230517356a4aead88
SHA-256: 596d9730819a888d07358ba12ac76f17e02186dacfdcdbda58e8ef4bb7ca51f0

PE image details

File packed: No
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