VMWare Workstation provides three types of virtual network configuration for virtual machines:
- NAT (Network Address Translation)
Bridged is ideal and requires the least amount of configuration. The guest appears as a peer on the real network. Unfortunately, on managed networks this mode may not work.
Host-only is rather limiting since the guest can only see the host machine.
NAT is the most complicated to configure but offers advantages that the guest can have full network (outbound) access and also enjoy (managed) inbound access via port-forwarding rules on the host. It works on managed networks (unlike Bridged) since the guest plays no part on the real network.
(Google Doc) VMWare Workstation Network Configuration Guide