I’ve followed this tutorial exactly to set up, successfully my Node.Js app: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-set-up-a-node-js-application-for-production-on-ubuntu-14-04

My Node app lives on a separate droplet, as does my Nginx.
I’m redirecting all my www and http traffic to https://domain.com. This all WORKS.

Now I also want to serve custom error files. But they are located in the node app on the other droplet, in the public folder /var/www/app/public. Is there anyway I can serve my 404 file from Nginx, but keep it on the Node.JS droplet?

Same question for my static files (images/fonts), is there a way I can serve my static files from Nginx, but keep them on my Node.js droplet (NOT copy them over to Nginx droplet?)

Thanks

server {
        listen 80;
        server_name www.domain.com;
        return 301 https://domain.com$request_uri;
}

server {
        listen 443 ssl;
        server_name www.domain.com;

        return 301 https://domain.com$request_uri;

        ssl_certificate /etc/nginx/ssl/www.domain.com.chained.crt;
        ssl_certificate_key /etc/nginx/ssl/www.domain.com.key;
        ssl_protocols TLSv1 TLSv1.1 TLSv1.2;
        ssl_ciphers AES256+EECDH:AES256+EDH:!aNULL;
        ssl_prefer_server_ciphers on;
}

server {
        listen 443 ssl;
        server_name domain.com;

        ssl_certificate /etc/nginx/ssl/www.domain.com.chained.crt;
        ssl_certificate_key /etc/nginx/ssl/www.domain.com.key;

        ssl_protocols TLSv1 TLSv1.1 TLSv1.2;
        ssl_ciphers AES256+EECDH:AES256+EDH:!aNULL;
        ssl_prefer_server_ciphers on;

        proxy_set_header Upgrade $http_upgrade;
        proxy_set_header Connection 'upgrade';
        proxy_set_header Host $host;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto $scheme;
        proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;

        location / {
                proxy_pass http://ip_of_node_droplet:4000;
                proxy_redirect off;
                proxy_http_version 1.1;
}
}

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In order to serve static files from the Node Droplet, you would need to set up a web server on it as well. For instance, using Nginx, your configuration might look something like:

server {
        listen private.ipaddr:8080;
        server_name assets.domain.com;
        root /var/www/app/public;
        # You'd likely want to include some caching rules as well.
}

This will serve the static assets via your private IP address on port 8080. Then on your Nginx proxy Droplet, you could add a new location block like:

        location ^~ /assets/ {
                proxy_set_header X-Real-IP  $remote_addr;
                proxy_set_header Host $host;
                proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
                proxy_pass 10.132.61.120:8080;
        }

This directs all request for domain.com/assets to the Node Droplet’s /var/www/app/public directory. Depending on how you’ve named things, you may need to tweak the paths, but hopefully this points you in the right direction!

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