How to move a VM to a datastore?

Currently have a very small environment on a physical box - 3 VM's, small domain - done through VM Workstation.
Now I have moved the 3 VM's to an existing host. Esxi 6.5.
Then register the VM's - does so successfully.

However - when i try to power on the VM's, I get the following message.



Power On VM
Key

haTask-73-vim.VirtualMachine.powerOn-170011081
Description

Power On this virtual machine
Virtual machine

BEL-JENTEST1
State

Failed - An error occurred while opening configuration file "/vmfs/volumes/584184b3-cfd9062c-9a61-94188200de70/Virtual Machines - MANU/BEL-JENTEST1/BEL-JENTEST1.vmx": Error.
Errors

    An error occurred while opening configuration file "/vmfs/volumes/584184b3-cfd9062c-9a61-94188200de70/Virtual Machines - MANU/BEL-JENTEST1/BEL-JENTEST1.vmx": Error.
    Cannot open the configuration file /vmfs/volumes/584184b3-cfd9062c-9a61-94188200de70/Virtual Machines - MANU/BEL-JENTEST1/BEL-JENTEST1.vmx.
    Failed to start the virtual machine (error -18).
Darrin CrawfordAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
These errors are to be expected, because you do not just copy the files to the ESXi host! because as you can see the files are not compatible.

You need to use VMware Converter, and Convert the Virtual Machines to ESXi, in what is called a V2V.

Please see my EE Articles to help you.

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.2
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Darrin CrawfordAuthor Commented:
So went through process with Standalone converter - now getting disk error when trying to power on after  registering on host see attached
Error.PNG
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The conversion has not been successful.

did you specify the ESXi server as the destination ?
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Darrin CrawfordAuthor Commented:
Yeah specified the ESXi server as destination
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
that is very odd.
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Darrin CrawfordAuthor Commented:
Went through same process again and it worked!
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