When I reached the step to ping 192.168.0.2, I received a "ping failed; host 192.168.0.2 is not alive." I went back and double-checked each step to ensure I did not make a mistake. I also tried using different equipment (laptop/desktop, ethernet cable, etc.) but to no success.
In researching my issue, I was able to find another community's member's post below and it appears I am running into the same issue and that a possible RMA may be required.
Laptop - Red USB-A to USB-C cable (connecting to Switch) and Ethernet port and yellow ethernet cable (connecting to Management Port on Switch)Overall - Laptop & SwitchSwitch - Red USB-A to USB-C cable connecting to console and yellow ethernet cable connected to Management Port
Thank you for your response and suggestion. I really appreciate you taking your time in reviewing my issue.
I am extremely happy to report that disabling the Windows firewall did the trick! I was able to proceed with the system recovery process. And I was also able to upgrade both primary and secondary from 08090k to the recommended 08095gufi.
Things are running smoothly so far. I am happy that a solution was found without having to RMA the switch.