If your main rig supports hardware virtualization and has enough horse power... you can run blueiris in a virtual machine on your "server". I have run a Windows XP Pro SP3 with Blueiris in a VM with a Linux & FreeBSD Host (server/hypervisor). You would loose direct hardware support for capture cards and such... but it is possible.
I used ZoneMinder in both of those packages... but I landed on BlueIris. Better Dev. I haven't seen much tread-way on Zoneminder, I didn't like the pure web configuration (as versatile as it was) and a few other things, but otherwise rock solid and I would go back... If I didn't pay for BI already!
There is LiveCD Versions for your ability to test out the OS as a whole without touching your original Installed OS. I found LinuxMCE easier to pick up, but kept coming back around to MythTV (despite my distaste for the debian based branch [ubuntu]). Can't say two much... got a ubuntu RSYNC Server sitting in my house.
Mythbuntu would probably be the closest to a "Turn Key" solution. Includes pre configured system, just install like you would any other Windows OS.... for the most part! Give it a whirl, and hit me up if there is something you think I may be able to assist with. Just don't go to far into that rabbit hole with this forum... after all... this is a BlueIris forum... not Zoneminder! (PS- Check out the LiveCD's, they leave you OS intact while allowing you to play!)