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 VMware Server User’s Guide 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: Installing ssh on S.u.S.E. Linux.