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You must explicitly enable promiscuous mode on the virtual switch to which your VMware VM is attached to, otherwise all incoming traffic gets blocked that is targeted to mac addresses unknown by the virtual switch. The virtual switch in VMware does not work like a real one. There is no forwarding table present.

Have a look here: https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&docTypeID=DT_KB_1_1&externalId=1004099