UMDS "export" step -- Is it mandatory?

All of the guides list vmware-umds -E as one of the final steps.  Is it necessary?  Can I just place the IIS virtual directory on C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware Update Manager\Data and call it a day?  It seems to be working but I haven't actually patched anything with it yet.

The export step seems superfluous as it just makes a copy of everything UMDS has downloaded.  Or does it?  Does it compile metadata into an XML or something?

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