Database backup and recovery

A database backup is a copy of the database. This copy is used to recover the database or individual datasets in the case of database failure or corruption.

Since much time, effort, and money are usually invested in an organization's data, it is critical that you have a tested recovery plan in place for your geodatabase. A recovery plan includes database backups and a tested recovery strategy.

Backup and recovery strategy needs vary in accordance with your specific situation. The type of backups you use, where the backups should be stored, when the backups should be performed, and when and how restoration can be done can be affected by the following interrelated factors:

See the following topics for information on creating backups and restoring databases for each DBMS: