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What is vds.exe?

Part of Virtual Disk Service by Microsoft

What is it?

The Virtual Disk Service (VDS) manages a wide range of storage configurations, from single-disk desktops to external storage arrays. The service exposes an application programming interface (API).
Description of vds.exe from Microsoft
Virtual Disk Service is a Microsoft Windows service that performs query and configuration operations at the request of end users, scripts, and applications. The service extends the existing storage capabilities of Windows Server operating systems in the following ways: 1) Provides an API to the existing volume and disk management features in Windows. 2) Unifies volume management and hardware Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) management under a single API.
(vds.exe is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How does vds.exe run?

Service - vds.exe runs as a background Windows service called 'vds' (Disque virtuel). This is a system service that is installed with the Windows operating system and protected with Window's File Protection. This service runs as the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network. Disque virtuel 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.

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What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.3% of all Boost users have the vds.exe process running.Of the 0.3% of vds.exe users, less than 1% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is vds.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
     0.00000067% CPU6.7%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
          3.16 MB RAM14.7%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Windows\System32\vds.exe

Are there other versions of Virtual Disk Service?

Why are multiple of the same versions listed?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)

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File details

File name: vds.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Virtual Disk Service
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 6.0.6001.18000 (longhorn_rtm.080118-1840)
Product version: 6.0.6001.18000
Size: 444 KB
Original file name: vds.exe.mui
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0000027284%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000020575%
User CPU: 0.00000067091676%
Privileged CPU time: 468003 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 107,717,861
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 52.93 MB
Peak committed memory: 57.39 MB
Paged memory: 3.16 MB
Peak paged memory: 3.72 MB
Paged system memory: 102.66 KB
Non-paged system memory: 7.75 KB
Working set memory: 6.8 MB
Peak working set memory: 6.83 MB
Min working set memory: 6.8 MB
Private memory: 3.16 MB
Page faults: 1,975
Page faults /min: 0
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 3
Total read transfer: 172 Bytes
Total write operations: 3
Total write transfer: 188 Bytes
Total other operations: 1,145
Total other transfer: 1.52 KB
Resources
Handle count average: 100
Thread count average: 3

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: System
Windows platform: 64-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Process
Process Command
C:\Windows\System32\vds.exe

Service details

Name: Disque virtuel
Service name: vds
Service type: Win32OwnProcess
Description: “Fournit des services de gestion des disques, des volumes, des systèmes de fichiers et des groupes de stockage.”

Image hashes

MD5: 294945381dfa7ce58cecf0a9896af327
SHA-1: c263b8632a79d761bcf0aec1d67ccf808f2c7fa4
SHA-256: 67414c6d79d2826bc86bb37349c9d74db4b667310cbc1abfd103e26332ae4a00

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File entropy: 6.40737
File packed: No
Import Table
advapi32.dll
api-ms-win-core-debug-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-errorhandling-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-file-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-handle-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-heap-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-interlocked-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-io-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-libraryloader-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-localregistry-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-misc-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-processenvironment-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-processthreads-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-profile-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-string-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-synch-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-core-sysinfo-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-security-base-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-service-core-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-service-management-l1-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-service-management-l2-1-0.dll
api-ms-win-service-winsvc-l1-1-0.dll
clusapi.dll
kernel32.dll
msvcrt.dll
netapi32.dll
ntdll.dll
ole32.dll
osuninst.dll
setupapi.dll
shlwapi.dll
user32.dll
vdsutil.dll
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