OK so here is my situation first. I have a network with 4 windows servers and 10 routers and I am looking into setting up a syslog server. I have done some digging and what I have found is that syslog-ng is about the best option for the price (there is a free option). From what I can find the open source version of syslog-ng is made for a Linux server and I have little to no experience with Linux on a desktop much less a server. This is the only thing that I would be planning to do with the server, at least at this point. I have found a few windows based syslog options but they are either not free or device restricted (only 5 devices on the free version). I have the ability to spin up another VMware server to hold it or even have an older server that could be re-purposed to handle it. So now that I have explained my situation let me ask my question. First off, is this a crazy idea? Should I be looking into another solution? Secondly, what distro would be best for something like this? Lastly, for this post anyway, am I about to jump into something way over my head ?