I am not really experienced in SharePoint beyond managing site content. Right now we only have a live SharePoint environment with two servers, one for SQL, and the other server for everything else. We have been told the size of our current environment is pretty small (around 30gb).
Right now I am the de facto "SharePoint person" and obviously I do not know what I am doing. I have been pushing for us to get a testing environment so I can learn without being on edge every time I am trying to do anything in SharePoint. My boss as finally agreed and asked me to figure out what I need server and application wise in order to create a testing environment. I have done some researching but I still don't have all the answers I need, so if I could get any help on this I would greatly appreciate it.
So far it looks like I will need two servers (it seems like if they were virtual it would be ok). I have NO CLUE what the specs these servers should have. It seems like one server should be for SQL and the other for everything else. From what I have read, it looks like the servers should be a part of our current domain. Also I do not know if we will need any additional licenses for this.
I know that was pretty painful to read, especially to people who actually know this stuff. I am just hoping someone takes pity on me and can see that I am trying to learn what I can about something that currently, I know little to nothing about.