Download and run the Dell EMC Live Optics Squeeze Utility (12/18/18)

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The Live Optics Squeeze utility estimates the expected storage savings when using Compression and DeDuplication on VMAX/PowerMax and XtremIO storage platform.

This KB Article is designed to demonstrate the workflow to run the Live Optics Squeeze Utility.   

Quick-Start Directions

  1. Login to Live Optics ( ) with your credentials and access your profile
  2. Download and run the Squeeze Utility
  3. Upload the output file to Live Optics using the upload command (./squeeze –upload <filename.SIOKIT>)

NOTE:  If you are a Dell EMC employee, please click here for instructions on how to process a Squeeze file submitted for analysis.

Detailed Instructions

Step 1: Login to Live Optics with your credentials

  • Access the Live Optics portal ( ) and login with your account credentials.
  • If you have never logged into Live Optics before, go to and request your account be created or contact your Dell Sales Team and request they register you to the Live Optics portal.

Step 2: Goto the Squeeze Utility download page

Go to the Live Optics dashboard, select “Collectors” and then select “Squeeze”


Step 3: Download the Squeeze Utility

Squeeze is supported on both Windows and Linux platforms. Select the appropriate platform and click to download the utility.


Step 4: Move the Squeeze Utility to your preferred directory

  • Click on the “Windows” option and download the Squeeze .ZIP file. The .ZIP file contains an executable image of the Squeeze Utility and an End User License Agreement (EULA).
  • Open and read the EULA. By executing the Squeeze utility, you are accepting the terms and conditions in the EULA.
  • Copy the Squeeze utility to a directory on your computer. Live Optics recommends that you create a new directory (i.e. C:\Program Files\LiveOptics) and modify the Windows Path variable to include the new directory.


Step 5: Open a command window with the “Run as Administrator” option

  • IMPORTANT: You must open the Command Window with the “Run as administrator” selected.


Step 6: Goto the directory containing the Squeeze utility

  • Execute the CD command until you get to the directory where you put Squeeze. Execute a “dir” command to verify that you are in the correct folder.


Step 7: Review the options for Squeeze

  • Get a summary of the Squeeze options by entering “squeeze” in the command window.
  • To execute the Squeeze utility, enter the command in this format:

    squeeze {VMAX | XtremIO | X2, } {-Dedup <MapFileName>} [Disk1, Disk2…]
    • {VMAX | XtremIO | }  Select the target storage platform.
    • MapFileName is the location of the map table file.  Note that the maptable can grow to 1 GB in size.
    • DISK1, DISK2 are the paths to the storage that you wish to analyze.


Step 7: Send the results to Live Optics for analysis. 

  • Upload the output file to Live Optics using the upload command:

    squeeze –upload <filename.SIOKIT>

  The final result will be available in the Live Optics portal

Appendix 1: Usage examples

Squeeze Usage:

squeeze {VMAX | XtremIO | X2, } {-Dedupe <MapFileName>}  [Disk1, Disk2…]

Warning:  If aggregating multiple servers, all analysis must be executed with the same storage platform


Estimating VMAX/PowerMax DRR

                     Squeeze –VMAX –dedupe C:\temp D: F:


 Warning: The –Skip option should only be used for compression.  Do not use the –Skip option if you are estimating deduplication ratios.

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    Winfried Noske

    Please correct this info!

    The correct syntax is "-DeDup" NOT "-DeDupe" (at least under Windows)



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    Gur Kiriaty


    I have a customer who run Squeeze assessment on a very large VMware environment.

    After 6 days, it finished just 65% and the question is:


    Can we stop the process and use the current output (SIOKIT file) ?


    Thanks in advance.


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