I am running Mandriva under VMware on a Windows host. Initially networking did not work, but I ran Kmenu/System/Configuration/Configure your computer/Network & Internet and set it to do DHCP. Then networking to the internet worked.
However I am not able to communicate to the host computer. The host, and the rest of the LAN, is set for 192.168.1.* with the gateway at 192.168.1.1. The Mandriva VMware guest OS got assigned 192.168.152.128. I assume that they cannot communicate because of the different subdomain. I am addressing the host with it's fixed IP address (not by name) 192.168.1.200.
I'm not sure what went wrong or how to fix it. Dunno why it got assigned the .152. or how to force it to provide .1. If I try to setup with ifconfig, things don't work, but maybe I am doing something wrong there too.