The Test Lab Guide: Configure SharePoint Server 2010 in a Three-Tier Farm describes how to install and configure SharePoint Server 2010 in a three-tier farm configuration (web front end/application server/database server), starting with the computers in the Base Configuration test lab.

Here is the resulting test lab configuration.

 

This TLG takes you through a default installation of SharePoint Server 2010 in a distributed capacity that is more suited to a typical enterprise SharePoint deployment. This TLG is in contrast to the previously published Test Lab Guide: Configure SharePoint Server 2010 as a Single Server with Microsoft SQL Server, which is designed to get SharePoint Server 2010 installed as quickly as possible on a single server.

There are step-by-step instructions for the following:

  1. Configuring the Base Configuration test lab (if you have not already done so).
  2. Installing and configuring a new server named SQL1.
  3. Installing SQL Server 2008 R2 on the SQL1 server.
  4. Installing SharePoint Server 2010 on APP1.
  5. Installing and configuring a new server named WFE1.
  6. Installing SharePoint Server 2010 on WFE1.
  7. Demonstrating the facilities of the default Contoso team site on WFE1.

The resulting test lab is a place for you to begin learning more about SharePoint Server 2010 in a distributed installation and how it can help your business.

Here is the set of TLGs in the three-tier SharePoint TLG stack.

If you have a suggestion about a SharePoint Server 2010 TLG that we should be considering, let us know at tlgfb@microsoft.com.

To get started with SharePoint Server 2010, see the following:

Enjoy!

Joe Davies
Principal Writer
SharePoint Server Platforms and Infrastructure Writing Team