The purpose of this article is to describe how to implement a medium SharePoint Farm – three-tier, four-servers. Before going into details I would like to recommend you to download the following file: Topologies for SharePoint 2010.
If you want you can download this post as a PDF file – How to Implement a Three-Tier SharePoint Farm.
My SharePoint Topology
My environment is hosted on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and consists of four servers: SQL, SPLive1, SPLive2 and an Application Server.
Basically the services in farm will be split according to the following table (please take into consideration only the production environment – highlighted with green):