Luckily, the dcpromo utility can be run from Server Core, but there is a little bit of preparation required beforehand. Dcpromo requires an unattended installation file to be run on Server Core. You can create one of these manually, or generate one from a standard Windows Server 2008 installation.
After generating one of these unattended installation files you can run the following command to kick off the promotion:
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