SIMS has started to do some weird things since term started this year when running reports.
We are using XP and Office 2003. SIMS is (was) at June 2009 (now updated to August).
When running a report (any report) that uses Excel, it pops up the excel 'enable macros' box and then Excel disappears and does nothing at all sometimes for a hour or so before the report Finlay comes up. Of course, by this time the user has tried to run it several times and so their PC complains. Excel is running in the background all the time according to Task Manager.
This is happing on all machines and still does it after the August update has been applied and the server (and workstation) rebooted. Nothing has changed over the holidays to the server or the workstations and it was functioning correctly before.
Naturally I can't get down the corridor without being 'moaned' at about this but Capita seem to have no other reports of this happening so I though I'd ask the people who use it as well if anyone else is having this problem.
I have noticed this happening on 3 machines now but haven't had chance to look into it in any great detail. I did notice on the staff laptop which had this problem, using alt-tab to switch between windows seemed to trigger the report to run a little quicker, but didn't have any effect on the desktop machine I was showing someone on Thursday.
asaik my machine is still running reports ok without any delay, but it's been a little while since I've run a report to say that for definate.