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What is vmnat.exe?

Part of VMware Workstation by VMware

What is it?

VMware NAT 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 vmnat.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 vmnat.exe run?

Service - vmnat.exe runs as a background Windows service called 'SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VMware NAT Service' (VMware NAT Service). 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 0.3% of all Boost users have the vmnat.exe process running.Of the 0.3% of vmnat.exe users, 20.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is vmnat.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
 0.00000003% CPU0.3%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
     684 KB RAM3.1%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
         4 GDI objects2.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:

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 XP Professional (5.1.2600.131072)

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: vmnat.exe
Publisher: VMware, Inc.
Name: VMware Workstation
Description: VMware NAT Service
Version: 4.5.2 build-8848
Size: 140.07 KB
Original file name: vmnat.exe

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0000000405%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000000132%
User CPU: 0.00000002728061%
Total CPU time: 47 ms
Total CPU time /min: 0 ms
Privileged CPU time: 15.62 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
User CPU time: 31.25 ms
User CPU time /min: 0 ms
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 14.49 MB
Peak committed memory: 14.49 MB
Paged memory: 684 KB
Peak paged memory: 692 KB
Paged system memory: 23.82 KB
Non-paged system memory: 2.21 KB
Working set memory: 920 KB
Peak working set memory: 1.88 MB
Min working set memory: 912 KB
Private memory: 684 KB
Page faults: 1,077
Page faults /min: 0
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 1,806
Total read transfer: 223.68 KB
Total write operations: 11
Total write transfer: 223 Bytes
Total other operations: 290
Total other transfer: 16.94 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 4
USER objects: 2
Handle count average: 52
Thread count average: 3

Process details

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

Service details

Name: VMware NAT Service

Image hashes

MD5: eb0d72844da3aed09870c1be90c9342f
SHA-1: 130b71e3f65dda337dae75bc221c27badfdd5c0f
SHA-256: 4b5a6c4f9f523306b405241075737f0ff82c932f5e282eb32ae3bbf7aa5358cc

PE image details

File entropy: 6.10681
File packed: No
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