I have developed internet facing web application using SharePoint Foundation 2010 for my client acting as a front end portal from where customers can get related information with FBA authentication.
All development is done on single server machine i.e. Web Front End, Application Server and Database Server all on single box.
At the time of deployment in hosting environment, client want to move this web application on 3-tier architecture with this configuration:
- 1 Web Front End Server
- 1 Application Server
- 1 Database Server
Problem starts here that all servers are on similar workgroup not on domain. after lot of googling and review articles i have found that with previous version of sharepoint i.e. MOSS 2007 and even Sharepoint 2010 we can create 2-tier farm on workgroup (i.e. only 1 WFE and 1 Database Server only.) but 3-tier is not possible.
I need your suggestions to how to move forward.
- Is domain is necessary for 3-tier implementation in hosting environment
- Is there any possibility to add 3rd server in workgroup farm
- whats the best way to move forward in current scenario