Azure AD Connect Staging Mode Schedule

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I have set up a staging server for our hybrid environment, imported the settings from the live, and performed full import followed by synchronisation. This was done following the Microsoft documentation as per here:


After this, I am confused about scheduling. Do I now need to enable the schedule in staging mode in order for the sync tool to keep receiving the updates from Active Directory (although not exporting them)?


This particular line confuses me further:


"A server in staging mode continues to receive changes from Active Directory and Azure AD and can quickly take over the responsibilities of another server in the event of a failure."


But how would it manage to do that if there is no schedule? Is there some other background process?


I am using a standard installation in that there there is no SQL HA involved; only the default SQL Express version that comes along with it.


Many thanks in advance.


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