VMware Workstation is a premium virtualization suite that offers lots of functionalitiy. It is possible to share folders between the host and guest for easy file transfer. Unfortunately this feature can be bugged. VMware is not a free product, licenses are not cheap, so if you’re looking for a free and open-source product you can check out Virtualbox.
Are you using VMware Workstation and are you sharing folders from your host system with a Linux VM? I often have shared folders not showing up as a mount. Luckily the fix is very easy. Run this command and fix your HGFS mount!
sudo vmhgfs-fuse .host:/ /mnt/hgfs/ -o allow_other -o uid=1000
Now browse to your network share and it should show up! The location on Ubuntu Linux by default is: