I’m assuming you installed Vmware server.
If you are using NAT or Host-only for the virtual machine network adapter, you will need to configure the Vmware dhcp server.
You can find information on how to do that in the <a href=”http://www.vmware.com/products/beta/vmware_server/vmserver2.pdf”>VMware Server User’s Guide</a> in the ‘Advanced networking topics’ section.
And, in the Linux machine, you have to have SSH installed in order to use Putty to connect to it.
Here is a guide you might find helpful:
<a href=”http://www-hera-b.desy.de/subgroup/computing/sshinst.html”>Installing ssh on S.u.S.E. Linux</a>