Planning your installation

An Argos installation is made up of several major components on both your servers and workstations. Understanding these components will help you plan your Argos 8 installation.


The Argos database houses all of your tracked print data along with your billing codes, printers and users. It also holds many of your settings and policies. We recommend that you maintain a single Argos database for your company, even if you have multiple locations.

The Argos database runs on Microsoft SQL Server. If you already have a SQL Server that you wish to use, the Argos database installer will present you with the opportunity to do so. If you don't have SQL Server or would prefer to use a dedicated Argos SQL instance, Argos includes Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Express.


Argos installs two server components:

Argos Application Server is responsible for all communication between Argos Desktop Billing Clients, our various Argos tracking methods and the database. You'll typically install one Application Server per location. If you have branch offices, each one should have its own Application Server. The Application Server install includes several Windows services.

Argos Agent is responsible for capturing print queues on Windows servers. You should install the Argos Agent on each print server.

Argos Manager

Argos Manager is where you configure your Argos system and work with the data that Argos collects. From Argos Manager you can run reports, export data, change policies and more. Argos Manager is typically installed on only a handful of computers for accounting, finance and I.T. staff. Read more about working with Argos Manager here.

Deployment Center

Deployment Center is installed outside of the splash screen, directly from C:\ArgosInstallers\Deployapp\setup.exe.  It enables you to push desktop client installs out from the server in domain environments. More info on using Deployment Center can be found here.

Desktop Client

The Argos Desktop Client (DTC) prompts users to allocate their activity to billing codes. The DTC should be installed on each workstation where you wish to prompt users for billing info. Users whom you wish to track silently do not need the DTC.

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