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Backing up your dataΒΆ

Generally, the most important Google Earth Enterprise Server data is all within the /var directory. If you perform regular backups of /var, that covers most of the server data. Google recommends that you also back up the following directories:


With regard to Google Earth Enterprise Fusion data, Google strongly recommends that you back up all of your original source data (vector and raster). In addition, Google encourages you to back up all of the .xml files within your asset root(s). In theory, if you have the source data and the asset root .xml files, everything else can be reconstructed. Google Earth Enterprise does not include any tools for doing such a reconstruction, but the data is there and it could be done, if necessary.

You do not need to back up your publish root(s), since there is nothing there that cannot be recreated. If you have the space and want to back them up, however, recovery will be faster, but it is not necessary.

Many Google Earth Enterprise users also back up their product files. These are the low-level files that result from building resources (for example, .kip, .ktp, .kmp, .kvp). That way, if you do need to reconstruct, you can import the product files (rather than raw source files) to recreate the resources. This will save you some build time.