VCS starts multiple partitions simultaneously, which can lead to a race condition. The DB2 agent's RestartLimit attribute is set to a value of three to help avoid this condition. You can alleviate the potential for this condition by building resource dependencies for each partition. For example, within a service group you can have the Db2udb resource 4 (where nodenum=1) depend on Db2udb resource 3 (where nodenum=2) etc. With the partitions built in a dependency tree, you can set the value of the RestartLimit to zero.