RHEL, CentOS, Scientific Linux 7 manually setting network configuration and disabling Network Manager

There are some excellent instructions for hand editing the network scripts.  

Here is a sample a sample 'static assignment' configuration file:

[username@hostname]$ cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0
DEVICE="eth0"
HWADDR="00:21:70:10:7E:CD"
NM_CONTROLLED="no"
ONBOOT="yes"
BOOTPROTO=static
# BOOTPROTO=dhcp
IPADDR=10.16.1.106
NETMASK=255.255.255.0
#
#   the GATEWAY is sometimes in: /etc/sysconfig/network
GATEWAY=10.16.1.1

and then common items such as hostname and DNS servers may optionally be placed in:

username@hostname]$ cat /etc/sysconfig/network
HOSTNAME=acme.example.com
DNS1=10.16.1.112
DNS2=8.8.8.8
## DNS2=76.242.0.28
SEARCH=example.com

I personally like to reboot after making the changes 

# shutdown -r now