I am using Desktop Basic 10.3 with spatial analyst. I can use polygon to raster to create a FGDB raster from a text field in a shapefile. The raster is created with a attribute table containing the item from the shapefile that I chose.
I have two colleagues, each running 10.2.2. They do the exact same steps, on the exact same input shapefile, with the exact same environment settings and they do not get an item in the attribute table. They just get ObjectID, Value, Count.. This is completely useless if I can't carry the chosen attribute item to the raster.
I have been doing this simple step for 20 years, dating back to Grid. It worked on my desktop when I was at 10.1.