Packer w/ vmware-iso unable to connect to bridged nic?

The documentation I have seen seems to indicate that packer should work with a bridged NIC, but if I set network_type to “bridged” it can’t seem to do so. I have seen lots of folks with the same issue going back numerous years, but I have yet to see what I would call a solution.

To get around this, I created two nics, the first set to NAT and the second to bridged. This seems quite unnecessary, but okay. But ultimately I want the VM to end up with 1 bridged nic. I have found no way to end up in this situation. I tried to use vmx_data_post, but from what I can tell this doesn’t do anything.