Ok, this may be a total n00b question, but is it possible to read files on the host filesystem (Ubuntu 5.10) from the guest OS (Browser Server Appliance -- also Ubuntu 5.10)? I went into Nautilus and could not readily locate something that looked like the host OS' file system.
It depends on what product you are running the VM in. What djc49939 is correct, you are probably better off posting this in the forum for the specific product you are using (either Workstation, Player or VMware Server).
Basically, the Shared Folders feature is available only in Workstation at the moment. With any other of our products, you'll need to configure file sharing using some other mechanism (e.g. NFS or SMB), or transfer the file using a USB device or something like that.