Disable Protected View Mode on the Share / Z:
When using Python, you might want to copy or create Excel files. However, the Excel created is always Protected View Mode.
To disable this, follow the instructions on the right.
Open Excel on the VM
File > Options
Trust Center > Trust Center Settings
Check (at the bottom) Allow Trusted Locations on my network (not recommended)
Add new location > Browse
Select data (\\....net) (Z:)
Ok > Ok