Ubuntu is derived from Debian. Look here for basic information how to get started with a Debian VMware appliance. This page mentions only things that are specific to the Ubuntu appliance.
Ubuntu Linux needs more RAM than Debian. The 256 MB the appliance has by default is near the lower limit. If possible adjust it to a higher value e.g. 384MB which requires of course enough RAM on your host machine. If you are using the Player software you might need a newer version. The 2.0 generation seems to have an extended memory range and beside that, it offers Shared Folders.
Start System->Preferences->Keyboard and add or choose the localization scheme that fits to your keyboard.
The administrative or sudo password for "user" is user.
So it is the same as the general password for this account. In other words, if you are logged in as "user", there is only this password working, no matter what you are doing.
Just resize the window of the Player or the Workstation and the Ubuntu guest will adapt to it.
If the appliance has no internet access, it may have to adapt itself to the host network first. Disable the network of the VMware software by disconnecting the device network adapter. After some seconds the Gnome network manager should have recognized this and a notification appears or at least the network symbol changes. Re-enable the network by connecting the virtual network adapter of VMware and make sure the network mode is NAT for simple internet access. The Gnome network symbol should show an orbiting blue ball after a short while, indicating Gnome's attempt to adapt to the outer network. A notification may follow and now the network should be accessable. Alternatively you can try to disable and re-enable the network from within Gnome alone. The network symbol offers a context menu with various possibilities. Sometimes it may be necessary to shut down and restart the Linux appliance with a real boot process (no suspending) or even to restart the host system.
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