We recently discovered that NAT network port forwarding doesn’t work properly in Fusion 8.1.
While the VMware Fusion team is working on a fix which will be included in the next update, here is a temporary workaround.
- Download the NAT network component from https://www.vmware.com/go/dl_vmnet-natd (MD5: e347f5c8d86640af5102852c897e31cc)
- Replace /Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/Library/vmnet-natd with the file downloaded in step 1.
- Restart the NAT network with the following commands:
sudo /Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/Library/vmnet-cli ––stop
sudo /Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/Library/vmnet-cli ––start
Then port forwarding for NAT network should work as normal.
Sorry for the inconvenience! Hope this helps!