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  1. I would definitely look at using a hypervisor of some form on the two servers (I would look at Hyper-V Server or XCP-NG as they would allow you to move virtual machines between the two servers during updates or configuration) and then create virtual machines for the Windows and Linux boxes. Also, if you want the printers to be shared, I would connect them to the network and use the Print Services feature on the Windows 2016 box to manage deployment of those printers and drivers. As far as I'm aware CentOS is used in the enterprise (XCP-NG is based off of it) but from my experience as a sysadmin, most of our servers are Windows based (mainly because of specific application requirements) and we have about 4-5 linux boxes running Ubuntu or some heavily customised version of linux (usually found in appliances such as NetBotz or MobileIron). Hope that helps!
  2. If you have a license for Windows Server (preferably Server 2012 R2 or higher) you can set up a Windows Active Directory Domain. If you don't have a license, you can set it up on linux with SAMBA (tutorial for that here: https://www.tecmint.com/install-samba4-active-directory-ubuntu/) First you need to make sure that you have a valid FQDN (e.g. yourname.com) and set the AD domain name to something like ad.yourname.com. Another bit to consider if you go down the linux route of setting up AD is that you'll need a Windows PC with the RSAT (Remote Administration Tools) installed on it for easier management of AD objects and GPOs.