To force the guest to have a static ip address, edit the following file below and add in the example of code:

sudo vi /Library/Preferences/VMware\ Fusion/vmnet8/dhcpd.conf

Here is an example of a host with a static ip address:

# example host
host vm-numberone {
hardware ethernet 00:0C:29:0B:7E:07;
fixed-address  172.16.139.144;
}

Once saved, quit VMware Fusion and relaunch. After you refresh your dhcp lease the guest vmware should grab its static ip address.

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