You can modify the VMware Workstation configuration to not open port 12001. Currently there is no means through the UI to modify this settting, so you will need to manually edit the configuration files. To disallow opening port 12001, do the following:
1) Stop the VMware Workstation Server service
2) Edit the following file C:\ProgramData\VMware\hostd\config.xml (you will need to run the editor as administrator to modify this file)
a) Search for the following line XML fragment:
b) Change the enabled entry to <enabled>false</enabled>
c) Save the changes
3) Restart the VMware Workstation Server service
Now the vmware-hostd.exe should not open port 12001. Let us know if this doesn't work.
dork_lord wrote: The suggested fix is for WS 8.0.2.
I know you can't answer for Microsoft however why is VMware using port 12001 since it is an assigned port and not assigned to VMware and why is this (the port) not User Configurable (or is it)?