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

Keith Younger

Overview

The Live Optics Squeeze utility estimates the expected storage savings when using Compression and DeDuplication on VMAX/PowerMax, Unity 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 (https://www.liveoptics.com ) 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 (https://www.liveoptics.com ) and login with your account credentials.
  • If you have never logged into Live Optics before, go to https://www.liveoptics.com/register 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, Unity} {-Dedup <MapFileName>} [Disk1, Disk2…]
    • {VMAX | XtremIO | Unity}  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, Unity} {-Dedupe <MapFileName>}  [Disk1, Disk2…]

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

Examples: 

Estimating VMAX/PowerMax DRR

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

         

          Estimating Unity Compression Ratio

                     Squeeze –Unity –skip 50 A: B:

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)

    Thanks

    Winni

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