Solaris ZFS Administration Guide

Using ZFS Storage Pools Within a Zone

ZFS storage pools cannot be created or modified within a zone. The delegated administration model centralizes control of physical storage devices within the global zone and control of virtual storage to non-global zones. While a pool-level dataset can be added to a zone, any command that modifies the physical characteristics of the pool, such as creating, adding, or removing devices, is not allowed from within a zone. Even if physical devices are added to a zone by using the zonecfg command's add device subcommand, or if files are used, the zpool command does not allow the creation of any new pools within the zone.