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What is vmnetdhcp.exe?

Part of VMware Server by VMware

What is it?

VMware VMnet DHCP service for VMware Server, a virtualization-software server suite developed and supplied by VMware, Inc. It uses a client–server model, allowing remote access to virtual machines, at the cost of some graphical performance. VMware Server can preserve and revert to a single snapshot copy of each separate virtual machine within the VMware Server environment.
Description of vmnetdhcp.exe from VMware
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How does vmnetdhcp.exe run?

Service - vmnetdhcp.exe runs as a background Windows service called 'VMnetDHCP' (VMware DHCP Service). This service runs as the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network. VMware DHCP Service 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 vmnetdhcp.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of vmnetdhcp.exe users, 24.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is vmnetdhcp.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00001% CPU85.4%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
     816 KB RAM3.7%
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.
         4 GDI objects2.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)

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: vmnetdhcp.exe
Publisher: VMware, Inc. (verified)
Name: VMware Server
Description: VMware VMnet DHCP service
Version: 2.0.2 build-203138
Size: 318.55 KB
Original file name: vmnetdhcp.exe

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: 0.0000170716%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000085358%
User CPU: 0.00000853578687%
Privileged CPU time: 62.5 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 15.14 MB
Peak committed memory: 15.14 MB
Paged memory: 816 KB
Peak paged memory: 816 KB
Paged system memory: 24.22 KB
Non-paged system memory: 1.91 KB
Working set memory: 324 KB
Peak working set memory: 2.24 MB
Min working set memory: 200 KB
Private memory: 816 KB
Page faults: 882
Page faults /min: 1
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 6,421
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 636.26 KB
Read transfer /min: 108 Bytes
Total write operations: 3
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 436 Bytes
Write transfer /min: 0 Bytes
Total other operations: 154
Other operations /min: 1
Total other transfer: 1.31 KB
Other Transfer /min: 0 Bytes
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 4
Handle count average: 35
Thread count average: 3
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 32-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Process
Process Command

Service details

Name: VMware DHCP Service
Service name: VMnetDHCP
Service type: Win32OwnProcess
Description: “DHCP service for virtual networks”

Image hashes

MD5: 933b5a7b9338d7ea23011a1cdfee937a
SHA-1: e497ee45b073f57704cff7da487271dcdc0ceb44
SHA-256: e61a0e3ad428d1c9929924ab623c6a914723793df5a5d8c526f4023048a5a62d

PE image details

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