I'm tasked with a SharePoint 2013 Standard implementation. Like many others, I don't know what I don't know. I am actively spending a lot of time to learn and understand SharePoint, it's implementation and functional use.
I will be hiring an outside company to set up SharePoint. They're recommending a 4-server, 3-tier farm: a WFE, an Application server, a Web App server for Office, and a SQL server. What are the thoughts of this recommendation? Understanding that the Web app server is a "freebie" and SQL us already in place and licensed, is it better to spend another $6K for the additional SharePoint license or combine the WFE and Application on 1 server at a cost of $6k? ($6k per server license: one for the WFE and one for the Application server)
This farm will be in a growing company with currently about 125 users and the plan to add an extranet with form-based authentication as a phase 2 implementation sometime early next year. Any thoughts you have about adding an extranet and the architecture to be so would also be appreciated.
I've learned a lot from the "experts" and a variety of other sources with still so much more to learn.