I am using LSI 2308 based cards but still get the door knock issue in VMware. I would like to try an LSI 3008 based card and run 8644 to 8088 cables. I am running Intel RES2Sx SAS2 expanders in my JBOD cases. I do not need the speed, system runs fine except for the darn door knock issue. :(
The cards are cheap enough, perhaps I will try it out with my spare JBOD chassis as I evaluate my options.