Coincidentally, another person asked about this today. here’s the thread:
@Wayne-Workman I haven’t yet!! But I’m still forging away!
I feel like a middle man.
Tom says - the kernel loads the NIC as part of the kernel loadup now.
The difference - the time the nic is down is way, way shorter. So short, the switches apparently don’t even notice. So you can get away with portfast being off.