I’ve run into this issue twice now, so into the blog it goes. The issue manifested once with a recovered Ubuntu instance and once with
VMware Workstation: Mounting a Host’s Shared Folders in an Ubuntu 18.04 Client
VMware Workstation has built-in tools that can be installed from the management GUI (VM > Install VM Tools). I had some issues getting these tools
Adding a Persistent Share to Ubuntu Linux
A quick refresher about how to mount a persistent network share in Ubuntu Linux.