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What is vmware-hostd.exe?

What is it?

vmware-hostd is a common library for VMWare products. VMware software provides a completely virtualized set of hardware to the guest operating system. VMware software virtualizes the hardware for a video adapter, a network adapter, and hard disk adapters. The host provides pass-through drivers for guest USB, serial, and parallel devices. In this way, VMware virtual machines become highly portable between computers, because every host looks nearly identical to the guest.
Description of vmware-hostd.exe from the publisher
You can dramatically improve the availability, performance and utilization of your IT resources through VMware virtualization, where the hardware resources of a single computer are used by multiple virtual machines. Each virtual machine is isolated from the others, eliminating potential conflicts. Virtualizing a single physical computer is great, but the real power of virtualization comes into play when you build an entire virtual infrastructure, improving application availability and agility while simplifying management.
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How does vmware-hostd.exe run?

Service - vmware-hostd.exe runs as a background Windows service called 'VMwareHostd' (VMware Workstation Server). This service runs as the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network. VMware Workstation Server runs as a program that can be started by the Service Controller and that obeys the service control protocol. This type of service runs in a process by itself.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the vmware-hostd.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of vmware-hostd.exe users, 25.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is vmware-hostd.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
     0.00000085% CPU8.5%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
33.35 MB RAM154.9%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\vmware\vmware server\vmware-hostd.exe

Are there other versions of vmware-hostd.exe?

Why are multiple of the same versions listed?

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 this process.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7600.0)
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File details

File name: vmware-hostd.exe
Size: 12.63 MB

Digital certificate

Issued to: VMware
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 9/10/2007
Expiration date: 10/29/2010

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0000306881%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000298369%
User CPU: 0.00000085126618%
Privileged CPU time: 20701.33 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 1,359,092,106
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 172.32 MB
Peak committed memory: 185.95 MB
Paged memory: 33.35 MB
Peak paged memory: 33.46 MB
Paged system memory: 251.03 KB
Non-paged system memory: 35.57 KB
Working set memory: 7.57 MB
Peak working set memory: 50.15 MB
Min working set memory: 4.17 MB
Private memory: 33.35 MB
Page faults: 409,876
Page faults /min: 0
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 168,528
Total read transfer: 11.83 MB
Total write operations: 337,214
Total write transfer: 3.34 MB
Total other operations: 504,135
Total other transfer: 32.14 MB
Handle count average: 434
Thread count average: 11
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 Workstation\vmware-hostd.exe" -u "C:\ProgramData\VMware\hostd\config.xml"

Service details

Name: VMware Workstation Server
Service name: VMwareHostd
Service type: Win32OwnProcess
Description: “Remote access service for registration and management of virtual machines.”

Network connectivity

TCP: localhost on port 8307

Image hashes

MD5: 4b3fb4edcd0dc0629871d7eb496252e3
SHA-1: 28a1794a086aa5e8ffb3978edfdfa02f773ff914

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows Console
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++ 8.0
File packed: No
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