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A hotfix is available that addresses a memory leak in the Virtual Disk Service on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008

On a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008, a memory leak may occur in the Virtual Disk Service. This problem may occur in the following scenarios.

Scenario 1
A memory leak occurs in the Virtual Disk Service when an application uses the Virtual Disk Service to enumerate disk resources. In this scenario, you notice that the memory consumption of the Virtual Disk Service (Vds.exe) increases continually.

Scenario 2
The computer uses a Virtual Disk Service hardware provider to connect to a disk array. When an application uses the Virtual Disk Service to enumerate disk resources, a memory leaks occurs in the Virtual Disk Service and in the Virtual Disk Service hardware provider. In this scenario, you notice that the memory consumption of both the Virtual Disk Service and the Virtual Disk Service hardware provider increases continually.

The severity of this problem depends on how frequently your application calls the Virtual Disk Service. Sometimes, this problem may not cause significant issues. However, when the memory consumption becomes significant, the system may crash, or jobs may fail. This situation typically occurs when your production environment does not let you periodically restart the Virtual Disk Service. To resolve this problem, you must apply the hotfix that is described in the “Resolution” section.

There is a download that resolves this issue. See Hotfixes for details.
32-bit Download: Contact Microsoft
64-Bit Download: Contact Microsoft

For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB958387.

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