Vmware-hostd Listening on HTTPS Port 443

Recently, I needed to stand up a web server on my development machine to do some testing. Unfortunately, when I tried to bind to the default HTTPS port (443), I found out that some other process on my machine was already using it.

I used SysInternals TCPView tool to figure out who was using the port:

vmware-hostd1

Okay, now what? After a little googling, it turns out that VMWare Workstation has a feature called “Shared VMS” that I have no need for.

I disabled this feature under VMWare Workstation -> Edit -> Preferences and vmware-hostd.exe immediately stopped listening on port 443. Onwards with my testing!

vmware-hostd2

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