While I believe this to be the case (not 100% sure) at one point I may have been able to create a GCE machine image of a preemptible/spot GCE instance...and then using that image build a new GCE VM instance with a non-preemptible setting.
And yet I'm stumped / continually getting errors when trying to do this lately, with the GCP console/cli output giving me the following error:
Invalid value for field 'resource.scheduling.provisioningModel': 'STANDARD'. For preemptible, only allowed provisioning_model value is SPOT.
My gut tells me that before Google introduced the Spot VMs (to replace the previous preemptible offering/setting on VM creation) this capability has been lost.
At the end of the day, I have a Spot VM instance that I used for testing...and now I want to deploy a standard VM that runs 24/7 which is a copy of that Spot VM instance as a starting point as I continue to utilize it. But unfortunately it appears I am unable to do so.
Any feedback or ideas on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.