Thank you for your recommendations. I have installed VMware tools. Due to many different versions of VMWare and virtual machines, it took a little while to figure out, so I'd like to share my experience for my class mates.
Aug 12 2014 10:48 PM
(1) I needed to add a CD/DVD Rom drive to my virtual machine so it could figure out how to mount the ISO image. I have a real CD/DVD Rom drive on my host machine, I suppose most of my classmates do as well. I guess you could do this with a virtual drive, but I did not attempt that.
(1a) With the guest running I mouse navigated: Player -> Manage -> Virtual Machine
(1b) In the Virtual Machines Settings Dialog Box on the Hardware Tab I pressed [Add] and added my CD/DVD drive. (Again it may be possible to do this with a virtual drive that can just mount ISO images, but I did not try that)
(1c) For this to take effect I did a virtual power cycle of the guest machine
(1d) I verified I could see CD/DVD Drive in Ubuntu GUI file browser by viewing "Computer" and seeing CD/DVD Drive. (There are many other ways to do this...)
(2) There is usually a prompt at bottom of VMWare window to encouraging you to install VMWare tools. If you have dismissed that or it has gone away. You can mouse navigate to Player -> Manage -> Install Virtual Machine
(2a) From that point the following link is quite accurate and helpful
Hope that helps other