So I finally settled on using Linux Manjaro KDE (off shoot of Arch) for its good looks and presentation. I have it running in a VM with Workstation Pro. Its got 2GB of RAM and 30GB hard disk. All VMware tools are updated.
My issue is with VLC player and playing video files from a network share. I get the following message when I try open a video from a network share. It works fine if I copy it to the local machine. The blurred our section is just the IP address of the device and the user name associated with it for authenticating purposes.
Any ideas on how to get this work? Ive dug through other things about this but about half were Windows based and everything else I found was of no use.